Green Rush: Nevada First to Make 2016 Legalization Ballot

Will Nevada become the fifth state to tax and regulate marijuana?

More than 140,00 Nevadans signed a petition to "regulate marijuana like alcohol," which was plenty to get the measure on the 2016 ballot. The Silver State hopes to join Colorado, Washington, Oregon and Alaska with their legalization measure.

Nevada's peculiar election regs requires the legislature to either enact the law or pass on it and wait for the vote. They have 40 days to decide (until Jan16). Most likely it will go to a popular vote in 2016.

The measure allows for adults (over 21) to possess up to one ounce of marijuana and 3.5 grams of concentrate, and grow up to six plants (12 plants max in one residence). It would set up a regulated market for the cultivating, harvesting, processing and packaging of marijuana sold in stores.

Read the Initiative to Tax and Regulate Marijuana here.

“The stage is now set for 2016, when measures to regulate marijuana like alcohol are expected to appear on ballots in at least five states,” says Mason Tvert, MPP's communications director.  

The other states that are being targeted for ballot initiatives in 2016 are Arizona, California, Maine and Massachusetts. Legislatures in Delaware, Hawaii, Maryland, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont will also be moving ahead with legalization bills.

Which state do you think will be the next to legalize marijuana?

Steve Bloom

Steve Bloom

Publisher of, former editor of High Times and Freedom Leaf and co-author of Pot Culture and Reefer Movie Madness.