Should Marijuana Be Legalized?

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The state of Nevada is going through some current changes. Some changes are big, and some are small. These changes go from a simple policy change at the DMV, to a more extensive change, having to do with the 2016 Nevada Tax Rate Change. In the near future, Nevada may be seeing, and taking part in, a change that will be more widely known and talked about than any of the other changes. Nevada, based on the legalization process in Colorado, seems likely to legalize marijuana for recreational use by 2016. Colorado is one of the first states that legalized marijuana in the United States. There was an extensive process that Colorado had to go through that started in 2006. Colorado first tried their luck with Amendment 44, which was the starting block in this extensive process. This amendment tried to legalize the allowance to obtain one ounce or less of marijuana to those 21 years and older. In 2006, 59% of voters in Colorado voted against Amendment 44 (Colorado). Medical marijuana, on the other hand, was legal during this time. It was already legal because of the bill that was signed by Gov. Bill Ritte (Colorado). The legalization of medical marijuana gave many citizens of this state the idea to expand the legality to recreational uses as well. On November 26, 2012, a legalization initiative was filed once again. This Amendment 64 was extremely important because it was the first of the initiatives to be approved. Before this amendment was approved, it was filed with the Colorado Attorney General eight separate times by May 20, 2012. The initiatives had ways in which they were similar, containing information that shared between the others, trying to legalize marijuana for recreational uses (Colorado). The approved amendment ha... ... middle of paper ... ...required that 101,666 signatures were collected by November 11, 2014. This was completed; approximately 200,000 signatures were collected by the given deadline (Nevada). On December 8, 2014, the signatures were declared valid, and the initiative was placed on the ballot of 2016. Only one question is left. Is it likely that marijuana will be legalized in 2016? Based on the process of Colorado and many other states in America, the answer is YES, the legalization is likely. John Hudak, author of the article Nevada has a Duty to Prep for Legal Pot, “Rather than hoping for the outcome they want, state leaders should prepare for the outcome they may be handed. With the possibility of legal marijuana coming to Nevada as early as 2017, the state should not face the new policy with surprise and bewilderment, but with knowledge, readiness and strategic vision” (Hudak, Nevada).

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