Legalizing Recreational Marijuana in Nevada Draws Criticism from Panel

Nevada is another state that has legalizing recreational marijuana on the ballot in November. There has been a recent push for to Vote No on Question 2 by a number of sources. The panel suggests that Nevada does not need a damaging drug, that is more potent than ever, into the hands of adolescents, especially in Las Vegas. Most of the members of the panel were vehemently against legalizing recreational marijuana in Nevada, due to poor rankings in education and rising crime rates. However, it does appear that this panel and coverage was created to distort Nevadans view of the potential positive impact that recreational marijuana could bring to the state. What do you think of the statements from the panel?

In November, Nevadans will vote on whether to legalize recreational marijuana — Question 2 would allow adults 21 years and older to possess up to 1 ounce of marijuana legally. On Saturday, a panel of experts largely argued that legalization might be a bad idea.

Earl White, former director of Weed & Seed Program, a crime and drug abuse prevention group, was one of five speakers who met Saturday at the University of Phoenix Las Vegas campus, 3755 Breakthrough Way. He was adamantly against legalizing marijuana for recreational use, arguing pot use lessens someone’s motivation to study or find work.

“(Nevada is) already last in education and behind in unemployment,” White said. “There is no way that legalizing marijuana is a good thing for the community.”

Some people have suggested legalizing and taxing marijuana would raise enough tax revenue to offset potential societal hazards. But Hickey disagreed, pointing to alcohol.

Sgt. Craig Lousignont of the Metropolitan Police Department said marijuana use may have factored in the city’s rising crime rates.

John Carter of the University of Phoenix faculty said political hype may be distorting people’s views on marijuana and making measured discussion about the drug impossible. He said people need to learn before they argue.

“There has been so much misinformation about marijuana. It’s gonna make us kill and rape people — that turned out to be a lie,” Dr. John Carter, a University of Phoenix faculty member, said. “We need to talk about the facts. Let’s educate — take out politics and talk about people.”


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