Marijuana legalization may not be put up for vote in Nevada for years
Marijuana legalization may not be considered in Nevada again until 2016.
August 23, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marijuana legalization may not be put up for vote in Nevada for years
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While a couple states have already legalized the possession of marijuana -- and others appear to be close to making similar decisions -- some familiar with the issue in Nevada suggest legalization is still a few years off. According to the communications director at the Marijuana Policy Project, legalization of marijuana possession in Nevada may not be put up for a vote until 2016.
In 2002, Nevada residents were first asked to consider legalizing marijuana in the state -- 39 percent of voters cast ballots in favor of the measure. In 2006, the issue was again brought up for vote, this time 44 percent of Nevada voters were in favor of legalization.
During the last legislative session, a bill was introduced in the Nevada Assembly to legalize marijuana. Although the proposed legislation appeared to have significant support, it never left committee.
Despite those unsuccessful votes, there seems to be more widespread approval of marijuana legalization in Nevada these days. According to a poll conducted by the Marijuana Policy Project, approximately 54 percent of Nevada residents are in favor of marijuana legalization. Some Nevada legislators believe more Nevadans might back such a proposal if they knew the tax revenue would go toward a beneficial cause, such as education. One legislator estimated that Nevada would receive around $470 million in taxes if marijuana possession were legalized in the state.
Nevertheless, putting legalization up for a vote costs money as well -- an estimated $1 million to assemble petitions and fight legal battles.
Fight marijuana possession charges in Nevada
Currently, in Nevada, the penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana depend, in part, on whether the individual has prior convictions for possession.
Upon a first offense of possession of one ounce of marijuana or less, an individual can face misdemeanor charges and be subjected to a fine of up to $600. The penalties increase upon a second conviction, upon which the maximum fine rises to $1,000.
Jail time is introduced if the individual is convicted of three marijuana possession charges. In such cases, he or she may be fined up to $1,000 and be imprisoned for up to one year. The penalties are most severe for those convicted of possessing one ounce or less of marijuana on four occasions. Those individuals can face felony charges and be fined up to $5,000. In addition, they will face a minimum jail sentence of one year and a maximum of four years.
If you are facing charges of marijuana possession in Nevada, consult with a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney to ensure a strong defense is established on your behalf.
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