NV: Advocates Press Case For Legal Recreational Marijuana

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Legalizing marijuana for recreational use in Nevada would create thousands of jobs, reduce black market sales and generate millions of tax dollars for education, representatives of an advocacy group said today.

Representatives of the Yes on Question 2 campaign – a reference to the November ballot initiative on recreational marijuana – cited a study from Las Vegas-based RCG Economics that concluded recreational marijuana would add more than 6,200 jobs in the first four years after legalization, including nearly 3,000 jobs outside the marijuana industry.

“To keep up with the demand, we’d see more security firms, attorneys, accountants, transportation companies and construction workers, among other jobs,” campaign spokesman Joe Brezny said at the Thrive Cannabis Marketplace dispensary in North Las Vegas. “This is an all-inclusive industry and benefits workers statewide.”

Nearly two dozen Southern Nevada medical marijuana employees – from dispensary managers to cultivation facility growers to customer service workers – attended the event in support of Question 2. Medical marijuana is already legal in Nevada.

Carina Robinson of Las Vegas turned to marijuana in 2014 while recovering from neck surgery. Robinson, 42, said marijuana provided more pain relief than 17 different medications she was prescribed after her surgery.

“It’s natural, and it doesn’t have the nasty side effects,” she said.

Robinson, a manager at The Clinic, a dispensary at 4310 W. Flamingo Road, said she continues to use marijuana for her personal wellness.

“It helps you mellow out,” she said. “Unlike heavy alcohol and pill users, marijuana users don’t want to drive or be violent.”

A July 26 poll from KNTV-TV and Rasmussen Reports found 50 percent of Nevadans were in favor of legalizing recreational marijuana, with 41 percent opposed and 9 percent undecided.

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