Cannabis Legalization With a Small Lead in Nevada

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Nevada isn’t a stranger to voting on cannabis legalization, as the state has defeated two efforts in the past. However, 2016 will be the first year that Silver State voters will have their say on legalization after seeing the positive results in other states and in a presidential election year, when voter turnout is greater. Polling in favor of the Question 2 legalization effort has been relatively strong in Nevada, but a wildcard has been the entrance of right-wing billionaire Sheldon Adelson into the race, both with his money and in the purchase of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Nevada’s largest newspaper.

The Review-Journal’s Editorial Board initially endorsed cannabis legalization, but flip-flopped on the issue after Adelson bought the paper. While it is a free, capitalist country and Adelson can choose an editorial board that fits his agenda, it was really disrespectful of its readership for the paper to not even mention the ownership change in the flip-flopping editorial. If legalization doesn’t pass in Nevada, Sheldon Adelson will certainly take a lot of credit, but according to polling commissioned by his paper, supporters of Question 2 slightly outnumber those opposed:

Likely Nevada voters narrowly support the ballot measure that would legalize recreational marijuana use in the state, according to a poll commissioned by the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Forty-seven percent of poll respondents support Question 2, which would allow adults 21 and older to legally buy and consume marijuana, according to the poll conducted by Bendixen & Amandi International. Forty-three percent oppose the measure, and 10 percent said they are still undecided or didn’t answer.

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The new poll shows a slight drop among Nevadans opposing the measure. A Review-Journal poll conducted in September showed voters were virtually deadlocked on the issue, with 47 percent supporting it and 46 percent opposing.

With a margin of error of 3.5%, we could be looking at a nailbiter in Nevada. It is a good sign that it looks like some opposition has softened and moved into the undecided column since the last poll, but Nevada can only be characterized as a tossup for cannabis legalization, as well as the state’s important U.S. Senate race and presidential vote.

With young voters penchant for supporting legalization, it would be prudent for Democrats and progressives, who want to see Hillary Clinton elected over Donald Trump and Catherine Cortez Masto in the Senate instead of Republican Joe Heck, to assist and contribute to the Question 2 effort. The Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol campaign has done some great work and can certainly use help down the finish line to win this extremely tight race.

10 Comments
  1. saynotohypocrisy says

    I never heard of Bendixen and Amandi, and I certainly don’t trust a poll from Adelson’s newspaper.
    I can’t believe Nevada will turn it’s back on this economic opportunity and opportunity to start healing so many wounds. The nation is divided enough by Mussolini, excuse me I mean Trump, we don’t need this utterly idiotic division over whether the alcohol gang is superior to their fellow citizens who choose weed.

    1. M. Simon says

      I think you will find come Nov 9 that the nation is not near as divided by Trump as you think.

      1. saynotohypocrisy says

        I thought you might argue that Clinton is just as divisive.
        So you think there’s a huge silent majority just itching to fool the pollsters and vote for Trump?

        1. M. Simon says

          Yes. I hang out with those people on line. And I do think they will prevail on election day.

          Why do I hang out with them? Well they are the ones who need convincing most. Here is something I wrote for them (I have written a few others)

          The Trillion Dollar A Year Drug War Scam

          1. M. Simon says

            It is much easier hanging with people who agree. I’m pretty much a libertarian so I do have some points in common with them. Smaller government being one.

            So Reason.com would be more fun. But I like moving things along. And you do that by hanging where the opposition is heaviest.

  2. saynotohypocrisy says

    Well, we’ll know pretty soon now.
    I agree that conservatives as a group are the ones who need convincing the most. And they’re a lot more likely to listen to you than to liberals. I appreciate your outreach.

  3. M. Simon says

    Please note: you are going to need more than a few Independent and Republican votes to get legalization passed in most of the country.

    And it is much less of an R vs D issue than young vs old. Young Republicans tend to favor legalization by 3 to 1. Why piss off those Republicans whose votes will help?

    1. saynotohypocrisy says

      I save my insults for Trump and his cronies like Krispie Kreme. I’m not into attacking people just for supporting him.

  4. M. Simon says

    You might also want to consider the Brexit vote. Polls are at best an indicator and not a very good one. There are 100 ways to get them to come out the way the pollsters want. It is very difficult to take a good sample.

  5. mbunker2007 says

    stop the madness and just legalize, Nevada. Join a future that is inevitable in every state. Why delay any longer? LEGALIZE.

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