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US NV: Column: Time To End Prohibition

 

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URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v13/n124/a05.html

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Pubdate: Sun, 17 Mar 2013

Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal (NV)

Copyright: 2013 Las Vegas Review-Journal

Contact: http://www.reviewjournal.com/about/print/press/letterstoeditor.html

Website: http://www.lvrj.com/

Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/233

Author: Steve Sebelius

Page: 1D

 

 

TIME TO END PROHIBITION

 

Assemblyman Joe Hogan, DLas Vegas, will certainly get grief for introducing a bill to legalize marijuana in Nevada. That's regular marijuana, not medical marijuana or synthetic marijuana. Hogan's bill, which will be introduced in Carson City on Monday, would allow adults 21 years old and older to possess up to 1 ounce of marijuana for any and all uses, including recreation.

 

"Certainly, it will be a bit controversial," says Hogan, in one of the understatements of the year. But he says the revenue from marijuana taxes - which he wants to use for education - and freeing up police from marijuana enforcement is more than worth it. "Our current fascination with the version of prohibition we have now is very unfortunate," Hogan said.

 

Hogan is a brave soul for taking up this issue, and he deserves respect for doing so. He'll undoubtedly be criticized as out of the mainstream, although that argument is getting harder and harder to make. Voters in Colorado and Washington state have legalized the drug outright. Medical marijuana is legal in 18 states and the District of Columbia.

 

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