With the medical marijuana industry budding in Nevada, Congresswoman Dina Titus of Nevada’s 1st District spoke in support of recreational marijuana use at a University of Nevada Las Vegas press conference in mid-September.
“I haven’t really come out in favor for recreational or adult use of marijuana, but I think it’s something that the voters will decide here in Nevada,” said Titus of the Nevada Marijuana Legalization Initiative which will be on the ballot in November 2016.
Last time Nevada voters got to decide was in 2000 when they voted to legalize medical marijuana use. In 2013, the state legislature passed an enacting statute to build the regulatory framework. In recent months, the valley has watched as many medical cannabis dispensaries have begun preparations to open their doors for the first time.
“I think it will pass,” said Titus, who is part of a Congressional cannabis working group, of the 2016 ballot initiative. “If it does, again, I will be supportive
of doctors, patients and businesses in the state.”
Her continued support has induced her co-sponsorship of a number of bills dealing with medical marijuana and marijuana rights.
As a ranking member of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Committee, Titus co-sponsored the Veterans Equal Access Act. Introduced in February, this bill would allow the VA to educate veterans about the use of medical cannabis for pain treatment and post-traumatic stress disorder.
In April, Titus announced the introduction of the Respect State Marijuana Laws Act to protect individuals and businesses from federal prosecution of drug crimes in states where marijuana use, medical or recreational, is legal.
On Nov. 8, 2016, the Nevada Marijuana Legalization Initiative will be on the ballot as an indirect initiated state statute.
Upon voter approval, this measure would legalize the possession of one ounce or less of marijuana for recreational use and the taxation and regulation of marijuana for adults at least 21 years old.
Titus believes legalizing recreational marijuana use in Nevada would boost the economy and be effective in achieving criminal justice reform.
“I say, puff, puff, pass the bill,” said Titus.