Lahontan Valley News and Fallon Eagle Standard Endorses Initiative to Tax and Regulate Marijuana
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA The Fallon, Nevada-based Lahontan Valley News and Fallon Eagle Standard has endorsed the statewide initiative to tax and regulate marijuana on the ballot this fall.
“If governments won't embrace efforts to successfully eliminate marijuana use and distribution, then regulate it, tax it and transfer the money from drug dealers' pockets to worthwhile endeavors,” the newspaper wrote. “Vote yes for the Regulation of Marijuana Initiative Nov. 7.”
The endorsement states, “What the initiative offers is a chance for voters to change a decades-long war on marijuana that has failed to curb its prevalence among Nevadans of all ages. Long compared to the country's failed prohibition of alcohol in the 1930s, current marijuana laws foster an illegal market. Nevadans who use marijuana legally for medicinal purposes are forced to grow their own or obtain it through illicit sources.”
This is the first newspaper endorsement of the 2006 election involving the Regulation of Marijuana Initiative.
“We’re excited to have the strong support of the Lahontan Valley News and Fallon Eagle Standard,” said Neal Levine, campaign manager for the Committee to Regulate and Control Marijuana. 𠇏inding a sensible alternative to our state’s failed marijuana laws is an issue that resonates with people across Nevada.”
The Committee to Regulate and Control Marijuana (CRCM) is the Nevada ballot group that is dedicated to passing the marijuana tax-and-regulate initiative, which has already qualified for the November 2006 ballot. The initiative would remove all penalties for marijuana use by adults aged 21 and older in the privacy of their own homes, as well as create a system for the legal cultivation, distribution, and sale of up to one ounce of marijuana to adults. In exchange, the initiative would institute reasonable safeguards on who may purchase marijuana and how marijuana is sold, double the maximum penalty for vehicular manslaughter while under the influence of alcohol, marijuana, or any drug, and double the maximum penalty for giving or selling marijuana to a minor. To learn more about the initiative, please visit www.RegulateMarijuana.org.