CARSON CITY, Nevada: With the 2010 election less than a year away, marijuana supporters are already looking to the 2012 ballot. This week they announced another push to legalize marijuana throughout the state. "We think the environment has changed and people are becoming more aware that marijuana is not a bad substance," said Dave Schwartz from the Marijuana Policy Project of Nevada (MPP). The 2012 proposed measure specifically calls for the taxation and regulation of marijuana in Nevada. It is supported by both MPP and Nevadans for Sensible Marijuana Laws. According to reports, supporters will need to collect 97,002 valid signatures to send it to the legislature. If the legislature fails to act on the measure it will be placed on the 2012 ballot.
Despite approving medical marijuana use in 1998 and 2000, Nevada voters rejected efforts in 2002 and 2006.
* Nevada Marijuana Initiative (2012)