State of Nevada Archives: on Drugs


Brian Sandoval: Rid the state of the scourge of opioid abuse

Tragically, we lose one Nevadan every day to opioid overdose--a mother, father, son, daughter, grandparent or close friend. This has been a growing problem for over a decade, and has now reached levels of epidemic proportion.

One of the major achievements of the last legislative session was the passage of the Good Samaritan Overdose Prevention Act. This legislation increased enrollment in the prescription drug monitoring program from 16% to 81%, and has expanded access to lifesaving overdose-reversal medication.

I convened a statewide prescription drug summit with participation from 500 stakeholders, that included legislators, health care professionals, law enforcement, judges, and victims. Based on their recommendations, I will introduce the Controlled Substance Abuse Prevention Act, which provides more training and reporting and heightened protocols for medical professionals. I look forward to ridding the state of the scourge of opioid abuse.

Source: 2017 State of the State address to Nevada Legislature Jan 17, 2017

Brian Sandoval: I opposed legalization, but let's make pot market work well

Last November, voters approved Question 2, which legalized recreational use of marijuana. While I did not support it, I respect the will of the voters who did.

My budget includes one new source of revenue, a 10% excise tax on all retail sales of recreational marijuana. The proceeds of this tax will be invested exclusively in education. This new tax is in addition to the existing 15% excise tax on wholesale marijuana transactions.

I will also create by executive order the task force on the implementation of Question 2. It will include stakeholders committed to fulfilling the requirements of Question 2, without compromising Nevada's commitment to public safety. Additionally, I will ask regulators to limit the sale of marijuana products and packaging that appeal to children or may be mistaken for candy. Let's work together to make sure Nevada's market for legal marijuana is restricted, responsible, and respected.

Source: 2017 State of the State address to Nevada Legislature Jan 17, 2017

Catherine Cortez Masto: Legalize medical marijuana, and eventually recreational use

Q: On Marijuana: Decriminalize and/or legalize marijuana?

Heck: Supports medical marijuana. Opposes recreational.

Cortez Masto: Supports medical marijuana. Believes recreational legalization will happen, but is premature until more regulatory infrastructure in place.

Source: CampusElect Voter Guide to 2016 Nevada Senate race Oct 9, 2016

Joe Heck: Legalize medical marijuana, but not recreational use

Q: On Marijuana: Decriminalize and/or legalize marijuana?

Heck: Supports medical marijuana. Opposes recreational.

Cortez Masto: Supports medical marijuana. Believes recreational legalization will happen, but is premature until more regulatory infrastructure in place.

Source: CampusElect Voter Guide to 2016 Nevada Senate race Oct 9, 2016

Catherine Cortez Masto: I do not see a benefit in our state in legalizing marijuana

Notably, Rep. Joe Heck has voted in favor of House amendments to protect state medical cannabis laws from federal interference and for an amendment to stop the Department of Justice from interfering with any state marijuana law, including those covering recreational use. He also co-sponsored standalone legislation to improve access to medical cannabis and to allow military veterans to get medical marijuana recommendations through the Department of Veterans Affairs. He also signed on to bills to allow marijuana businesses to bank and be treated more fairly under the tax code.

Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto, a former Nevada attorney general, admitted that she "tried marijuana once or twice at parties" but also voted against the state's 2000 ballot initiative that legalized medical cannabis. On broader reform, she said, "I do not see a benefit in our state in legalizing marijuana." (Her husband is a security advisor for a group of medical cannabis dispensaries in Arizona.)

Source: Marijuana.com on 2016 Nevada Senate race Jun 13, 2016

Joe Heck: Protect state cannabis laws from federal interference

Notably, Rep. Joe Heck has voted in favor of House amendments to protect state medical cannabis laws from federal interference and for an amendment to stop the Department of Justice from interfering with any state marijuana law, including those covering recreational use. He also co-sponsored standalone legislation to improve access to medical cannabis and to allow military veterans to get medical marijuana recommendations through the Department of Veterans Affairs. He also signed on to bills to allow marijuana businesses to bank and be treated more fairly under the tax code.

Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto, a former Nevada attorney general, admitted that she "tried marijuana once or twice at parties" but also voted against the state's 2000 ballot initiative that legalized medical cannabis. On broader reform, she said, "I do not see a benefit in our state in legalizing marijuana." (Her husband is a security advisor for a group of medical cannabis dispensaries in Arizona.)

Source: Marijuana.com on 2016 Nevada Senate race Jun 13, 2016

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Sen.Ted Cruz(TX)
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Sen.Rick Santorum(PA)
Donald Trump(NY)
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Secy.Hillary Clinton(NY)
V.P.Joe Biden(DE)
Gov.Martin O`Malley(MD)
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Sen.Elizabeth Warren(MA)
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Roseanne Barr(PF-HI)
Robert Steele(L-NY)
Dr.Jill Stein(G,MA)
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