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Nevada Medical Marijuana Act, Question 9 (1998)

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The Nevada Medical Marijuana Act, also known as Question 9, was an initiated constitutional amendment on the November 3, 1998 election ballot in Nevada, where it was approved.


Question 9 was again voted upon and approved by voters in 2000, thereby officially taking effect.

Election results

Question 9 (Medical Marijuana)
Approveda Yes 241,463 58.7%

Official results via: Nevada Legislative Counsel Bureau - Research Division

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

Shall the Nevada Constitution be amended to allow the possession and use of a plant of the genus Cannabis (marijuana) for the treatment or alleviation of certain illnesses upon advice of a physician, to require parental consent for such use by minors, and to authorize appropriate methods of supply to patients authorized to use it?[1]

The language that appeared in the voter's guide:

The proposed amendment to the Nevada Constitution would add a new section providing for the use by a patient, upon advice of his or her physician, of a plant of the genus Cannabis for the treatment or alleviation of cancer; glaucoma; acquired immunodeficiency syndrome; severe, persistent nausea or cachexia resulting from these or other chronic or debilitating medical conditions; epilepsy and other disorders characterized by seizure; multiple sclerosis and other disorders characterized by muscle spasticity; or other conditions approved by law for such treatment. The amendment would restrict the medical use by a minor by requiring diagnosis and a written authorization by a physician, parental consent, and parental control of the acquisition and use of the plant.
The proposed amendment would provide for a confidential registry of patients authorized to use the plant which would be available only to law enforcement officials; would authorize appropriate methods of supply to authorized patients; and would protect plant and property related to the plant’s use from forfeiture except on conviction or a guilty or nolo contendere plea of unauthorized possession or use.
The proposal does not authorize the use or possession of the plant for use other than medical nor for medical use in a public place. The amendment does not require reimbursement by an insurer for medical use nor accommodation of medical use in a place of employment.[1]

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