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Majority of Voters in Nevada Support Recreational Marijuana Initiative, Poll Finds

The results of a new poll suggest that a measure to legalize adult use cannabis in Nevada has the support to pass and become law in this November’s election.

A majority of Nevada voters are in support of a ballot measure to legalize recreational marijuana use, according to a new KTNV-TV 13 Action News/Rasmussen poll. The survey of 800 likely voters, conducted over the phone and online between September 16 and 18, asked participants if they “favor or oppose the legalization of marijuana for recreational use in Nevada if it is regulated and taxed like alcohol and cigarettes.” Voters were found to support the measure at a 53 to 39 percent margin, with 8 percent of respondents unsure.

The results represent a bump in support for the measure over the past two months, as a KTNV-TV 13 Action News/Rasmussen Reports poll from July found support for the measure to be at 50 percent.

This November, voters in Nevada will decide on Question 2, or the Initiative to Tax and Regulate Marijuana, which would legalize marijuana for personal use for adults aged 21 and over. Adults could legally possess up an ounce of cannabis, which would be available to purchase at cannabis retailers, and cultivate up to six plants. Cannabis would be taxed and regulated similarly to alcohol.

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“We will be spending the next seven weeks educating all Nevadans about the benefits of regulating marijuana,” Joe Brezny, a spokesperson for the Yes on Question 2 campaign, told KTNV by email. “We have no doubt that once we do, a solid majority of Nevada voters will choose to regulate marijuana so that we can take the market away from criminal actors.”

If Question 2 passes, adult use marijuana would be legal as of January 1, 2017. A 15 percent excise tax on retail sales would be applied, with revenue being applied to overseeing and managing the statewide industry and to fund K-12 education.

The 2016 Nevada Legal Cannabis Market State Profile, published this summer by Arcview Market Research and New Frontier, projects the Nevada marijuana market to balloon to $629.5 million by 2020.

The poll’s results indicate that support for the Question 2 measure is strongest among younger, Democratic voters. Sixty-one percent of voters aged 18 to 39 voiced support for legalization, compared to 54 percent of voters aged 40 to 64 and 36 percent of voters aged 65 and older. Sixty-two percent of registered Democrat voters said they support Question 2, while just 37 percent of Republican voters said they support the initiative and 58 percent of voters who self-identified themselves as “other” voiced support.

You can review the full results and demographic breakdown of the latest KTNV-TV 13 Action News/Rasmussen Reports poll here.

Nevada is just one of nine states with cannabis-related initiatives that have qualified for this year’s ballot. Read about the four states voting on medical marijuana measures and the five states that will decide on adult use initiatives this November here. By the end of the year, the United States could have 29 states with medical marijuana legislation and nine states with adult use laws.

Learn more about Nevada’s cannabis laws by visiting our education page. Keep up with the latest polls and legislative developments in the U.S. and internationally through our news feed.

Post by Eve Ripley

Eve is a writer specializing in cannabis education and editorials related to cannabis industry news.

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