Healthy Beginnings

Yes on Question 2: Recreational Marijuana – What’s Next for Nevada?

WHAT THE INITIATIVE DOES:

Ends marijuana prohibition.

The initiative removes all legal penalties for the personal use and possession of up to one ounce of marijuana or one-eighth of an ounce of concentrated marijuana for adults 21 years of age or older. Adults will be able to purchase marijuana from licensed retail marijuana stores, and those who do not live within 25 miles of a retail marijuana store will be allowed to grow up to six marijuana plants in an enclosed, locked area.

Regulates marijuana production and sales.

The initiative creates a system of licensed marijuana retail stores, distributors, cultivation facilities, product manufacturers and testing facilities, which will be overseen by the Nevada Department of Taxation. The Department will adopt and enforce rules regarding testing, packaging, labeling and tracking marijuana products. It will also establish business licensing procedures, security requirements and restrictions on signage and advertising. Local governments will have the ability to adopt and enforce local marijuana control measures pertaining to zoning and land use for marijuana establishments.

Taxes marijuana.

The initiative establishes a 15 percent excise tax on wholesale marijuana sales, to be paid by licensed cultivators. Retail marijuana sales will be subject to standard state and local sales taxes, just like sales of any other tangible product. The taxes and fees paid by licensed marijuana businesses will first be used to fund state and local implementation and enforcement of regulations. All remaining revenue will be deposited in the State Distributive School Account and used to support K-12 education.

WHAT THE INITIATIVE DOES NOT DO:

Public use.

The initiative does not allow marijuana to be used in public. Consuming marijuana on the street, in parks, in retail marijuana stores or in any other public place will remain illegal.

Driving under the influence.

The initiative does not change existing laws regarding driving under the influence of marijuana. Driving while impaired by marijuana will remain entirely illegal.

Unlicensed activities.

The initiative does not allow unlicensed individuals to sell any amount of marijuana or produce marijuana extracts using butane or other potentially hazardous products.

Employment policies.

The initiative will not affect employers’ current marijuana policies or their ability to establish workplace restrictions on marijuana consumption by employees.

Medical marijuana rights.

The initiative does not change existing medical marijuana laws or affect patients’ rights.

FAST FACTS:

Based on deadlines established in the initiative, retail marijuana stores should open in 2018.

People 21 and older can possess one ounce for adult retail purchases, 2.5 ounces for medical marijuana.

People 21 and older may cultivate up to six marijuana plants for personal use within an enclosed, secured space on private property that is more than 25 miles from a licensed retail marijuana store. If the adult who wants to cultivate doesn’t own the property, the owner must give consent. Personal cultivation on property that is within 25 miles of a retail store is illegal.

Outdoor and greenhouse cultivation is allowed as long as any uncovered cultivation area is enclosed with security fencing that is designed to prevent unauthorized entry and is at least 8 feet high.

By Joe Brezny, Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol