Thursday, April 24, 2014

Ummmm. No!

From the Reno Gazette Journal:
The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Wednesday filed a petition with the Nevada Secretary of State to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in the Silver State.
The group, made up of investors who are entering Nevada's burgeoning medical marijuana industry, needs to get 101,667 signatures by Nov. 11 to move the process forward.
The first stop would be the 2015 Nevada Legislature.
It will be an uphill battle for backers of the petition because approval would take a two-thirds vote in both houses because the petition has a tax component. All tax hikes in Nevada need a two-thirds vote in the Legislature to pass. It would also need the signature of Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval to become law.
But a loss in the Legislature would automatically set up a vote by the people in the 2016 general election. And there, proponents of the petition feel they have a very good chance of getting recreational marijuana use legalized in Nevada.
"You have a component in the presidential election that would favor us," said Joe Brezney, spokesman for the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana. "You'll have a bump in young people turning out to vote for a president and young people overwhelmingly support us."
Brezney feels strong get-out-the-vote efforts by both major parties during presidential elections will also help get the petition to legalize recreational marijuana approved. He notes Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., is up for re-election in 2016 and that should also drive up turnout among young people.
"That is the demographic and we have been strategic about putting this on the ballot at a time when we know there is likelihood that we know who is going to show up," Brezney said. "We are a battleground state. We have the Senate majority leader and there is a lot of money focused on turnout. And so we think we got it right by waiting until now and filing this for a president election."
I think Brezney already has started smoking the pot and lost a few brains cells in the process if he thinks that young people will come out in droves to support Senile/Liar/Coward Harry Reid, assuming he is going to run.  If Reid loses the Senate, which is a strong possibility, I don't think Reid will not run.
But legalizing pot is a bad idea.  We don't need a bunch of pot heads running around Nevada and legalizing pot will increase the number of users.
It will also increase the number of impaired drivers out on the roads.
This is a bad idea and hopefully, it will go nowhere.

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