State of Nevada Archives: on Drugs


Steve Sisolak: Marijuana industry to be critical part of economy

One of those sectors is the rapidly growing marijuana industry. That's why I'm announcing that I will sign an Executive Order creating Nevada's first-ever Cannabis Compliance Board, which will ensure this critical part of our state's future economy is positioned to become a gold standard for the nation. We will manage and grow this new industry strictly and fairly and in a way the State can be proud of.
Source: 2019 State of the State address to the Nevada legislature Jan 16, 2019

Adam Laxalt: Did not seek to allow marijuana business banking

Q: Should marijuana be decriminalized at federal level?

Adam Laxalt (R): "An issue for our federal representatives to address." The only Attorney General in a state with legalization not to ask feds to ease related banking prohibitions.

Steve Sisolak (D): Would fight federal intrusion into state marijuana industry. Also, erase misdemeanor marijuana convictions and enforce current state rules to make NV "the gold standard in the cannabis industry."

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Nevada Governor race Oct 9, 2018

Dean Heller: Let each states' voters decide on marijuana

Q: Prohibit federal government from interfering with state marijuana legalization or decriminalization?

Dean Heller (R): Unclear. Personally opposed but respects will of voters. Asked federal government to consult with Nevada's governor before taking federal action, but hasn't sponsored STATES Act.

Jacky Rosen (D): Yes, co-sponsored STATES Act to do this. Also a bill to regulate federally like alcohol.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Nevada Senate race Oct 9, 2018

Jacky Rosen: Regulate marijuana federally, like we do for alcohol

Q: Prohibit federal government from interfering with state marijuana legalization or decriminalization?

Dean Heller (R): Unclear. Personally opposed but respects will of voters. Asked federal government to consult with Nevada's governor before taking federal action, but hasn't sponsored STATES Act.

Jacky Rosen (D): Yes, co-sponsored STATES Act to do this. Also a bill to regulate federally like alcohol.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Nevada Senate race Oct 9, 2018

Steve Sisolak: Fight federal intrusion into state marijuana industry

Q: Should marijuana be decriminalized at federal level?

Adam Laxalt (R): "An issue for our federal representatives to address." The only Attorney General in a state with legalization not to ask feds to ease related banking prohibitions.

Steve Sisolak (D): Would fight federal intrusion into state marijuana industry. Also, erase misdemeanor marijuana convictions and enforce current state rules to make NV "the gold standard in the cannabis industry."

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Nevada Governor race Oct 9, 2018

Adam Laxalt: Wait-and-see on legalizing banking for legalized marijuana

The Gazette Journal asked Laxalt if he was going to take action with federal officials to try to deal with the marijuana industry being unable to use the federal banking system. Laxalt said he was waiting to speak to the U.S. attorney.

That was posted on Jan. 30, 2018. Laxalt was sworn in on Jan. 5, 2015. The issue of marijuana and banking was already well advanced then. Laxalt is telling us that he's still not up to speed on the issue three years later.

In the Review-Journal on Feb. 7, 2018: "19 attorneys generals urged Congress to pass a bill that would allow marijuana merchants to access the banking system. You were the only attorney general from a state that had legalized recreational marijuana not to be on that letter. Why not?"

Laxalt: "I'm waiting to meet with this US attorney. We gotta see how this thing's going to roll out."

Laxalt does not like the notion of legal marijuana, and has never been pleased by the vote of Nevadans to approve it. But they did. [So stop "waiting"].

Source: Reno News & Review on 2018 Nevada governor race Mar 8, 2018

Adam Laxalt: 1996: opposed medical marijuana; 2018: decriminalization

Steve Sisolak has revised his opinion on guns, marijuana, and the death penalty over the past 20 years, forcing the governor's office hopeful to defend against accusations that he's flip-flopped on some of the issues most important to Democratic primary voters.

A 1996 "political courage test" published by VoteSmart.org shows Sisolak, then running for a Henderson-area state Senate seat, did not support the decriminalization of medical marijuana.

Sisolak directed his response toward progressive primary voters, stressing his support for women and minority groups without denying that his stances had shifted on some issues. "This was a survey from 22 years ago," Sisolak wrote in a statement to the Reno Gazette Journal. "Like many people, you learn and grow as times change. And I think that's important."

"In 1996, even California had yet to implement the first medical marijuana law," a campaign spokeswoman said. "In 1996, President Bill Clinton signed the Defense of Marriage Act into law."

Source: Reno Gazette-Journal on 2018 Nevada governor race Jan 29, 2018

Jacky Rosen: Legalize medical marijuana and recreational marijuana

Congresswoman Jacky Rosen (NV-03) released the following statement on news reports that Attorney General Jeff Sessions is expected to rescind an Obama-era policy which effectively allowed states with legalized marijuana to continue cultivation, distribution, and consumption for both recreational and medicinal purposes:

"Nevadans made it clear at the ballot box in 2016 that they support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes, and their decision should stand," said Rosen. "Local changes in marijuana policy in recent years have resulted in millions of dollars in new revenue for Nevada's state budget, thousands of new jobs, and countless medical benefits for Nevadans suffering from PTSD, cancer, and other illnesses. This federal overreach by President Trump's Department of Justice will create uncertainty and confusion for Nevadans. These reported actions are an insult to Nevada voters, an affront to states' rights, and a threat to our local economy."

Source: 2018 Nevada Senate campaign website rosen.house.gov Jan 4, 2018

Steve Sisolak: Nevada should set gold standard for legal pot

A weed control board could oversee regulations and the fines and fees associated with breaking them within the county. Sisolak agreed with the idea of a board to help with disciplinary issues. Has dissatisfaction with what he sees as "slaps on the wrist" for businesses skirting the law or trying to push the boundaries of what is permissible in terms of events and promotion. "We are the gold standard for gaming, and I want to be the gold standard in the cannabis industry," he said.
Source: Las Vegas Sun on 2018 Nevada Gubernatorial race Jul 19, 2017

Brian Sandoval: Rid the state of the scourge of opioid abuse

Tragically, we lose one Nevadan every day to opioid overdose--a mother, father, son, daughter, grandparent or close friend. This has been a growing problem for over a decade, and has now reached levels of epidemic proportion.

One of the major achievements of the last legislative session was the passage of the Good Samaritan Overdose Prevention Act. This legislation increased enrollment in the prescription drug monitoring program from 16% to 81%, and has expanded access to lifesaving overdose-reversal medication.

I convened a statewide prescription drug summit with participation from 500 stakeholders, that included legislators, health care professionals, law enforcement, judges, and victims. Based on their recommendations, I will introduce the Controlled Substance Abuse Prevention Act, which provides more training and reporting and heightened protocols for medical professionals. I look forward to ridding the state of the scourge of opioid abuse.

Source: 2017 State of the State address to Nevada Legislature Jan 17, 2017

Brian Sandoval: I opposed legalization, but let's make pot market work well

Last November, voters approved Question 2, which legalized recreational use of marijuana. While I did not support it, I respect the will of the voters who did.

My budget includes one new source of revenue, a 10% excise tax on all retail sales of recreational marijuana. The proceeds of this tax will be invested exclusively in education. This new tax is in addition to the existing 15% excise tax on wholesale marijuana transactions.

I will also create by executive order the task force on the implementation of Question 2. It will include stakeholders committed to fulfilling the requirements of Question 2, without compromising Nevada's commitment to public safety. Additionally, I will ask regulators to limit the sale of marijuana products and packaging that appeal to children or may be mistaken for candy. Let's work together to make sure Nevada's market for legal marijuana is restricted, responsible, and respected.

Source: 2017 State of the State address to Nevada Legislature Jan 17, 2017

Catherine Cortez Masto: Legalize medical marijuana, and eventually recreational use

Q: On Marijuana: Decriminalize and/or legalize marijuana?

Heck: Supports medical marijuana. Opposes recreational.

Cortez Masto: Supports medical marijuana. Believes recreational legalization will happen, but is premature until more regulatory infrastructure in place.

Source: CampusElect Voter Guide to 2016 Nevada Senate race Oct 9, 2016

Joe Heck: Legalize medical marijuana, but not recreational use

Q: On Marijuana: Decriminalize and/or legalize marijuana?

Heck: Supports medical marijuana. Opposes recreational.

Cortez Masto: Supports medical marijuana. Believes recreational legalization will happen, but is premature until more regulatory infrastructure in place.

Source: CampusElect Voter Guide to 2016 Nevada Senate race Oct 9, 2016

Adam Laxalt: Opposes legalization of possession of 1 ounce of marijuana

Adam Laxalt declared opposition to a Nevada ballot measure that would legalize recreational marijuana. Laxalt said Question 2, if approved by voters in November, would harm Nevada children and lead to accidental poisonings, addiction and increased road fatalities.

Question 2 would allow people age 21 and older to possess 1 ounce of marijuana for personal use. It would restrict who can grow, test, process and distribute recreational pot to those already licensed to do the same with medical marijuana or who run liquor distributorships.

"None of us care if a 60-year-old baby boomer is smoking marijuana at home," Laxalt said. "As attorney general, my biggest concern is for the safety and health of all Nevadans." Laxalt called the experience in Colorado a "parade of horribles." In the first year of legalization, he said marijuana-related deaths in that state increased 32 percent. "There is no provision in this ballot initiative to keep edibles out of the hands of children," Laxalt said.

Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal on 2018 Nevada governor race Aug 25, 2016

Catherine Cortez Masto: I do not see a benefit in our state in legalizing marijuana

Notably, Rep. Joe Heck has voted in favor of House amendments to protect state medical cannabis laws from federal interference and for an amendment to stop the Department of Justice from interfering with any state marijuana law, including those covering recreational use. He also co-sponsored standalone legislation to improve access to medical cannabis and to allow military veterans to get medical marijuana recommendations through the Department of Veterans Affairs. He also signed on to bills to allow marijuana businesses to bank and be treated more fairly under the tax code.

Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto, a former Nevada attorney general, admitted that she "tried marijuana once or twice at parties" but also voted against the state's 2000 ballot initiative that legalized medical cannabis. On broader reform, she said, "I do not see a benefit in our state in legalizing marijuana." (Her husband is a security advisor for a group of medical cannabis dispensaries in Arizona.)

Source: Marijuana.com on 2016 Nevada Senate race Jun 13, 2016

Joe Heck: Protect state cannabis laws from federal interference

Notably, Rep. Joe Heck has voted in favor of House amendments to protect state medical cannabis laws from federal interference and for an amendment to stop the Department of Justice from interfering with any state marijuana law, including those covering recreational use. He also co-sponsored standalone legislation to improve access to medical cannabis and to allow military veterans to get medical marijuana recommendations through the Department of Veterans Affairs. He also signed on to bills to allow marijuana businesses to bank and be treated more fairly under the tax code.

Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto, a former Nevada attorney general, admitted that she "tried marijuana once or twice at parties" but also voted against the state's 2000 ballot initiative that legalized medical cannabis. On broader reform, she said, "I do not see a benefit in our state in legalizing marijuana." (Her husband is a security advisor for a group of medical cannabis dispensaries in Arizona.)

Source: Marijuana.com on 2016 Nevada Senate race Jun 13, 2016

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