The legalization of recreational marijuana across the state of Nevada could be a tough sell this November, according to the results of the latest poll overseen by the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
When it comes to the concept of ending marijuana prohibition in a state riddled with casinos, brothels and all of the awesome that comes with those things, only 47 percent of the voting public say they intend to step up to the ballot box later this fall to support the creation of a taxed and regulated cannabis industry through Question 2. Forty-six percent of the respondents said they plan to oppose the measure.
Question 2 would allow Nevada to legalize a recreational cannabis trade similar to what is currently underway in Colorado and three other states that have brought an end to draconian pot laws. The measure would allow adults 21-years-old and over to purchase cannabis products from retail outlets statewide. It would also allow those people living 25 miles away from a dispensary to cultivate up to six plants at home for personal use.
Anthony Williams, special projects director for Bendixen & Amandi International, the company responsible for conducting the poll, says the numbers should be cause for concern for those hoping to see Nevada legalize the leaf in 2016.
“You would really want to have 55 to 60 percent support to feel confident heading into Election Day,” Williams said. “These things always tend to leak oil heading into the end.”
Interestingly, Nevada is the only state with a recreational marijuana initiative on the ballot this year that is not doing well in the polls. In Arizona, California, Massachusetts, and Maine, all of which have similar proposals on the line, the numbers are showing between 50 and 60 percent in favor of legalization.
"These poll numbers [in Arizona, California, Massachusetts, and Maine] are not surprising," Paul Armentano, deputy director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, told the Washington Post. "Most Americans agree that the responsible adult use of cannabis ought not to be criminalized. The battle now is finding consensus regarding the details of how best to regulate this market."
Let’s hope marijuana advocates can convince the Nevada voters of this before November 8.