Residents or tourists: Who are Nevada’s medical marijuana laws really intended for?

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By Chris Kudialis, Las Vegas Sun

Reclining leather seats, a 42-inch television screen and stencils of bright red marijuana leaves illuminate the back of 420 Tours’ sport utility vehicle. The SUV, along with a 30-foot bus, are used by Nevada’s first cannabis tour company, which takes people looking for a medical marijuana card and legal pot from street corner to dispensary in less than an hour.

Using the app EaseMD, 420 Tours founder Drew Gennuso connects pre-screened passengers who have a California ID or U.S. passport with a California doctor, live over video chat, in the back seat of the “Cannabus” SUV. The patients, frequently picked up on the Strip, describe their symptoms, receive a doctor’s recommendation printed on the spot and are taken to a Las Vegas dispensary of their choice.


Nearly three years after landmark legislation legalized medical marijuana dispensaries in Nevada, patients and licensed business owners remain trapped in a grueling application process that keeps legal pot unattainable to many in the state.

And while Nevada patients and retailers stumble through the state’s red tape, entrepreneurs are cashing in on Nevada’s reciprocity laws, which allow out-of-state patients to play here by their own states’ more lenient rules.

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Elko extends ban on medical pot shops despite resident support

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Elko is extending its ban on medical marijuana shops despite comments from residents who want it lifted.

The Elko Daily Free Press reports the only councilmember to vote no on the ban noted that about 60 percent of Elko voters cast ballots in favor of Nevada’s medical marijuana initiative.

Councilman John Patrick Rice said the city is depriving itself of revenue and keeping a service from residents.

Councilwoman Mandy Simons was among the four in favor of the ban and noted that cannabis possession is still illegal under federal law.

Mother Jackie Melton spoke at the meeting in favor of medical marijuana shops in Elko. She said she drives to Reno to get medicine for her daughter, who is autistic and often waves her arms and pulls her hair.

Catherine “The Cunt” Cortez Masto Mum on Legal Weed as Husband, Paul Masto Runs Security for POT Grow Operations

Dem Senate candidate said she opposed medical marijuana, but would defend Nevada law.
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Catherine “The Cunt” Cortez Masto

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Catherine Cortez Masto’s position on her state’s medical marijuana law remains unclear: while a legislative working group of which she was a member opposed it, the legal weed business provides her family with a paycheck. Masto, who is running for U.S. Senate, does not appear to have taken a personal position on a new Nevada law allowing the sale of medical marijuana, despite having served as state’s former chief law enforcement officer for eight years.
Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto

Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto

As she stays quiet on the law, Masto’s husband, a former Secret Service officer who runs a private security firm in Las Vegas, provides security for two medical marijuana businesses.

Masto’s campaign did not respond to multiple requests for clarification on her position on recently passed Nevada legislation legalizing medical marijuana dispensaries in the state.

Masto, Nevada’s attorney general from 2007 to 2015, voted against the successful 2000 ballot measure that legalized medical marijuana.

She said during her 2006 campaign for attorney general that she would “support and enforce that law if it’s ever challenged” despite her personal opposition.

Though medical marijuana has technically been legal in Nevada since 2001, the state legislature only passed a law in 2013 regulating its sale, and hence making it publicly available.

Masto was a member of a legislative working group that came out against that measure in 2013, but she did not stake out a position in an individual capacity.

Masto admitted in 2005 that she “tried marijuana once or twice at parties” when she was young, but later said, “as a prosecutor and somebody who prosecuted drug dealers I saw direct correlation between drug use and other crime.”

She cited that experience in opposing an unsuccessful 2006 ballot measure that would have legalized recreational marijuana in the state. That question is back on the ballot in Nevada this year.

“I do not see a benefit in our state in legalizing marijuana,” Masto said of recreational legalization in 2006.

However, she is seeing some benefits in the state’s legalization of medical marijuana. Her husband Paul Masto is a security adviser for GreenMart, an umbrella group of medical marijuana dispensaries in Arizona, where medical marijuana is already legal.

He is listed as the security director of another company, Silver Leaf Farms, according to business licenses filed with the state.

Paul Masto, a former Secret Service agent, is the president and CEO of Universal Security Specialists. He and his wife brought in “over $1,000” in income from the business last year, according to personal financial disclosure filings.

According to Clark County, Nev., records, GreenMart has a cultivation license, meaning it can grow marijuana for sale to medical dispensaries. Silver Leaf has cultivation and production licenses, allowing it to grow and produce edible marijuana products.

On Ballot, Ohio Grapples With the Specter of “Marijuana Monopoly”


Buddie is the mascot for ResponsibleOhio, a pro-legalization group led by wealthy investors. 

COLUMBUS, Ohio — As a member of the International Cannabinoid Research Society, a collector of antique marijuana apothecary jars, the founder of an industrial hemp business and “a pot smoker consistently for 47 years,” Don Wirtshafter, an Ohio lawyer, has fought for decades to make marijuana legal, calling it “my life’s work.”

But when Ohio voters go to the polls Tuesday to consider a constitutional amendment to allow marijuana for both medical and personal use, Mr. Wirtshafter will vote against it.

pot slotsIssue 3, as the proposed amendment is known, is bankrolled by wealthy investors spending nearly $25 million to put it on the ballot and sell it to voters. If it passes, they will have exclusive rights to growing commercial marijuana in Ohio. The proposal has a strange bedfellows coalition of opponents: law enforcement officers worried about crime, doctors worried about children’s health, state lawmakers and others who warn that it would enshrine a monopoly in the Ohio Constitution.

The result has been one of the nation’s oddest legalization campaigns. It pits a new generation of corporate investors against grass-roots advocates like Mr. Wirtshafter, who deplores “opportunists seeking monopolistic gains” and laments that America would have been much better off “if they would have just let the hippies have their weed.”

A recent poll by the University of Akron shows voters evenly split, but if the proposal passes, Ohio will be the first state to approve marijuana for personal use without first legalizing medical marijuana. That would put Ohio, a swing state, at the forefront of the national movement to overhaul marijuana laws — just in time for the 2016 presidential campaign. Gov. John R. Kasich of Ohio, a Republican candidate for president, opposes Issue 3.

“If Ohio wins, it will be a significant step forward for the broader movement — nothing will excite attention like that,” said Ethan Nadelmann, the executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, which has helped lead the national drive for legalization. But his group is remaining neutral rather than endorsing Issue 3, he said, “because of the problematic oligopoly provision.”

To complicate matters, the Ohio General Assembly has put a competing initiative, Issue 2, on the ballot; known as the antimonopoly amendment, it would block Issue 3 by prohibiting the granting of special rights through the State Constitution. There is certain to be a protracted legal battle if both measures pass.

The story of how Issue 3 got onto the ballot begins here in Columbus, the capital, with Ian James, a political consultant whose company, the Strategy Network, specializes in gathering signatures for ballot initiatives. In 2009, his firm helped legalize casino gambling in Ohio through a measure that amended the State Constitution and specified where casinos could be located.

Mr. James said he had “taken that premise and applied it to marijuana.” In early 2014, he said, he began meeting with lawyers and a potential investor, James Gould, a Cincinnati sports agent, to talk about a “tightly regulated system” to make marijuana available in Ohio. An organization called the Ohio Rights Group, then represented by Mr. Wirtshafter, was already gathering signatures for an initiative to make medical marijuana legal.

But Mr. James had a more ambitious plan.

With help from Mr. Gould, he found 10 investment groups willing to put up a minimum of $2 million each to finance a campaign to pass an amendment that would legalize marijuana for medical use and personal use in small amounts; set up a commission to regulate it; and designate 10 parcels of land — each owned or optioned by funders of the initiative — where marijuana could be legally grown and cultivated for commercial use.

Adults 21 and older would also be allowed to grow small amounts of marijuana — up to four flowering plants — for themselves. The state commission would license retailers, who would be required to win elections in local precincts.

The backers call themselves ResponsibleOhio. Among the investors: the former professional basketball player Oscar Robertson, the fashion designer Nanette Lepore, Mr. Gould and two great-great-grand-nephews of President William Howard Taft. Each investment group has committed as much as $40 million to build facilities if Issue 3 passes.

Mr. James, whose detractors note that his firm is earning more than $5 million to run ResponsibleOhio, makes no bones about what critics call “the corporatization” of the marijuana business. He said the sale of marijuana would, beginning in 2020, generate $554 million a year in tax revenue for Ohio; 85 percent would go toward safety services and infrastructure repair.

“We have clearly taken this from the tie-dye to the suit-and-tie approach, there is no question about that,” Mr. James said. “Right, wrong or indifferent, this is the way legalization is moving in this country now.”

National advocates are split: The Marijuana Policy Project, like the Drug Policy Alliance, is neutral on Issue 3, while the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, or Norml, gave it an uneasy endorsement. Some legalization proponents say Mr. James has created a new model.

“If he is successful with this, a bunch of very rich people will be interested in hiring him to try it in other places,” said Douglas A. Berman, a law professor at Ohio State University who has advised ResponsibleOhio.

Mr. James says he has no plans for other states, though at least five — including California and Nevada — are expected to have ballot initiatives in 2016.

Outraged lawmakers in Ohio’s Republican-controlled legislature, unwilling to cede control over drug policy, responded with Issue 2, which passed the House with bipartisan backing and the Senate along party lines. State Representative Michael F. Curtin, a Democrat and former editor of The Columbus Dispatch, helped draft the measure, and is a driving force behind Ohioans Against Marijuana Monopolies, the opponents’ coalition.

He calls Issue 3 “a prostitution of the initiative process.”

ResponsibleOhio is making its case to voters on the airwaves (Mr. James said his group would spend as much as $9 million on radio and television ads); with celebrity endorsements (Montel Williams, the talk show host who touts medicinal marijuana as treatment for his multiple sclerosis, was here last week); and with paid canvassers who, Mr. James said, will have knocked on one million doors by Election Day.

But perhaps the group’s most contentious marketing effort has been Buddie, an anthropomorphic marijuana bud who looks a bit like a spear of asparagus wearing green cowboy boots and a blue cape, and who has been turning up on college campuses around the state. Critics liken him to Joe Camel, the cartoon character accused of marketing Camel cigarettes to children.

On the campus of the University of Cincinnati on Thursday, Buddie posed for photos and found no shortage of fans among students; most eagerly accepted free T-shirts (with messages like “O-High-O”). Many who stopped were passionate about legalization. Others said it mattered little to them. One, Lee Idoine, told campaign workers who accompanied Buddie that he “worried about the big businesses getting an edge on the market right away.”

Mr. Wirtshafter, who practices law in Athens, Ohio, but resigned as the lawyer for the Ohio Rights Group after it endorsed Issue 3, said Buddie proved “how little the organizers of Issue 3 knew about cannabis, its politics and its users.” Mr. Wirtshafter is now active with a new group, Legalize Ohio 2016, which plans its own ballot initiative next year.

On Saturday, he planned to attend a Halloween celebration with a mascot of his own: Monopoly Man.

Correction: November 1, 2015
An earlier version of a caption with a photo with this article misspelled the given name of a canvasser for ResponsibleOhio. She is Jan Lefebre, not Jen.

Mitch Smith reported from Columbus, and Sheryl Gay Stolberg from Washington.

BEN CARSON: INTENSIFY THE DRUG WAR Says police state necessary to combat “hedonistic activity”

st_louis_police_brutalityby KURT NIMMO | INFOWARS.COM |

Presidential candidate Ben Carson told Glenn Beck that if elected he will intensify the war on drugs. He also said he opposes the legalization of marijuana.

“Absolutely,” the retired neurosurgeon said when asked by Beck if he intends to continue the war on drugs. “I intend to fight.”

According to a Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics poll, Carson is now the Republican frontrunner. His favorability stands at 28%, 9 percentage points ahead of Donald Trump’s 19%.
In 2010 alone the federal government spent over $15 billion combatting the use and distribution of illegal drugs, while state and local governments spent $25 billion.

The same year police around the country made 1.5 million arrests for drug violations. Arrests for possession of marijuana accounted for 48.3 percent of these arrests, according to FBI statistics.

In 2012, FBI data shows, police made one marijuana arrest every 42 seconds.

Earlier this week a Gallup poll found 58% of American adults believe marijuana should be legalized. Last year the number was 51%.

Alaska, Colorado, Washington and Oregon and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for recreational use while twenty-three states have legalized the use of medical marijuana.

Despite public support for marijuana legalization, as president Carson would work to keep drugs illegal. He would spend more federal money and dedicate more law enforcement resources to enforcing drug laws and imprisoning offenders.

“I don’t think this is something we really want for our society,” Carson told Greta Van Susteren of Fox News in 2014 after Colorado legalized recreational marijuana.

“You know, we’re gradually just removing all the barriers to hedonistic activity. We’re changing so rapidly to a different type of society, and nobody is getting a chance to discuss it because it’s taboo.”

After Van Susteren pointed out that many Americans believe making marijuana illegal restricts freedom of choice, Carson compared its use to owning an automatic weapon.

“Well, do those same people argue for freedom of choice when someone says, ‘I want to buy a gun, I want to buy an Uzi?’” Carson said. “Let’s be consistent with this thing.”




Marijuana contains a chemical — delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC for short — that goes to the parts of the brain controlling memory, concentration and movement. The popular image of a “stoner” is no myth. They really do have trouble solving problems, perceiving what’s going on around them and learning. Worse, the effects of being high on marijuana can last days or weeks after it’s smoked. They may not even realize how dim their wits have become over time. The health hazards aren’t funny either.Chronic cough, bronchitis, emphysema, cancer, decrease in testosterone and sperm counts for men and an increase in testosterone and infertility for women are among the risks for long-time marijuana smokers. It contains 50 to 70 percent more carcinogenic hydrocarbons than tobacco smoke. It’s possible to become addicted to marijuana, and the psychological harm can include paranoia and anxiety.


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Nevada has proposed legislation to legalize and regulate cannabis, with careful consideration to the entire infrastructure necessary. Please read the bill carefully, it differs significantly from Co and Wa legalization

pot slotsHere is the link to the actual bill

One of my favorite sections is below

The Department shall not require a registered dealer to give his or her name, address, social security number or other identifying information on any return submitted with the tax.

They are really looking out for the business owners, I hope this passes. Anyone from Nevada know how likely this might be?

Respect State Marijuana Laws Act: This Bill Will Finally End Cannabis Prohibition
A bill with bipartisan support introduced in Congress this week is finally tolling the death knell for cannabis prohibition. By removing a notorious legal contradiction, the legislation would give precedence to state marijuana laws—making federal enforcement a thing of the past in states where medical and recreational weed are legal.
While its brevity is astonishing—without the obligatory title pomp, it would struggle to take up a single page—the legislation is capable of ending perhaps the most contentious provision in the ubiquitous War on Drugs. Simply titled the “Respect State Marijuana Laws Act of 2015,” the bill introduced by Rep. Dana Rohrabacher has incredible potential for substantial reform that makes its passage of paramount importance.…

Colorado Sells $34 Million Of Cannabis: $3.4 Million Goes To Schools, Crime Down 15%!

pot slotsIn 2012, Colorado and Washington state legalized the recreational use of marijuana, much to the dismay of anti-pot advocates.

They frequently alleged that it would make it easier for children to acquire, that more people would use it, that there would be more people driving while high, and that it would be an all around bad deal for these states.

In Colorado, it’s safe to say that the doomsayers were 100% wrong. Sales of recreational marijuana continue to rise with more than $34 million worth sold in August alone. big-money

That means that the state raised $3.4 million for building and maintaining schools in the state. At the rate the state is going, some $30 million will be brought in from pot taxes alone. That’s some serious dough!

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