On November 2nd, 2016 alongside California, Maine and Massachusetts, Nevada passed Question 2, and became the 5th U.S state to legalize cannabis. Legalized sales were due to commence on the same day as California, but the date was moved forward and many retailers were approved for sale by July 1st 2017.
The date couldn’t have come soon enough for cannabis hungry residents and tourists, within two weeks Nevada declared a state of emergency, scrambling to meet a serious shortage in supply. In its first four days, $3 million in legal sales were processed, and generated $500,000 in tax revenue.
Nevada’s marijuana sector created, in its first 7 months, nearly 7000 jobs, and $19m in revenue, much of it earmarked to support the State’s education sector. Despite the recent meddling by Jeff Sessions, Nevada vows to hold strong, sending a clear message for Sessions and the Trump Administration to stay out of Nevada’s business.
“U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ decision today to rescind a policy that protects our state’s recreational marijuana industry from overzealous federal intrusion could cost Nevada millions of dollars in revenue, kill jobs, and hurt our schools and local economy.”
State Senator, Aaron Ford reacts to the withdrawal of The Cole Memo.
"Throughout my career in public policy and in public office, I have fought to reform or eliminate wasteful and ineffective government programs. There is no government program or policy I can think of that has failed in such a unique way as marijuana prohibition."
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