The battle in Nevada heats up with a group called Protecting Nevada’s Children launched a new website to fight the pro-marijuana groups in Nevada. In Nevada, there seems to be some uncertainty on whether recreational marijuana will be passed and the guns have been drawn for the final battle before the vote in November. Do you think that recreational marijuana will be passed in Nevada?
The group called Protecting Nevada’s Children went live with a website on Friday in the first major push against Question 2, which will appear on the November ballot.
“Nevada’s future success depends on a better education system and a well-prepared workforce,” said Republican former Nevada Assemblyman Pat Hickey, the campaign’s spokesman. “Commercializing marijuana and trying to turn the Vegas Strip into the ‘Amsterdam of the West,’ will harm both efforts.”
Officials declined to name their financial backers, saying that information would come out in mid-October when state campaign finance disclosures are due.
“As a father and grandfather, I’ve always been fearful of both the immediate and long-term effects of recreational marijuana usage,” Senator Dean Heller said. “Unlike medical marijuana, I have serious concerns on whether or not the benefits of recreational marijuana outweigh the drawbacks.”
Opponents of the measure include Sen. Dean Heller, Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt, Lt. Gov. Mark Hutchison, Reps Joe Heck, Mark Amodei and Cresent Hardy, and the Nevada Resort Association.
Democratic Sen. Harry Reid and Senate candidate Catherine Cortez Masto have previously expressed opposition to the ballot measure.
Senate candidate Catherine Cortez Masto told the Las Vegas Sun on Thursday that she’d vote no on the measure, citing concerns about the lack of a banking system for the industry and the conflict it would create between state and federal laws.
The casino industry lobby, which registered its opposition on Friday, noted that state gambling regulators who are strict about offering up casino licenses are wary of those businesses getting involved in the recreational pot industry.
Proponents of Question 2 say marijuana prohibition has helped drug cartels, and taxing and regulating it would bring in money for schools and public services.