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Renewed Battle Over Legalized Weed in Nevada Coming Soon

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Medical marijuana is well on its way in the Silver State, but the issue of legalized marijuana for recreational use is an entire different story.

However, since Colorado and Washington State are now cashing in on cannabis, more people in Nevada seem to be getting more comfortable with the idea.

In a Retail Association of Nevada poll, 56% of Nevadans favor legalizing marijuana for recreational use, if the money raised goes to fund education.

It's going to take some work to make it all happen, though. A bill that would have legalized marijuana for recreational use went up in smoke last legislative session when it didn't garner enough support from lawmakers.

Adam Bierman is with a Los Angeles consulting firm called MedMen. He said it usually takes some time before states get comfortable with the idea.

"The medical side is a transition as well. You've got to have the medical side first. You've got to have people drive down the street and see a green cross and know there's a dispensary there and say 'oh, that's actually okay.' You know, the city block didn't burn down."

Organizers are busy rounding up a movement, that will more than likely, bring a bill before the Nevada Legislature in 2015. If the legislature doesn't approve it, a vote could still go before voters in 2016.

Other states, like Washington State and Colorado aren't waiting around. They have already legalized pot.

Colorado is estimating about $70 million in tax revenue this year.

One study shows it could be a $10 billion industry in this country by 2018.

"The problem is there's really no way to gauge what that demand is worth because it's been on the black market, so it's impossible for any real studies to come out. All those numbers out there are just guesses."

There's a whole different side to the argument, though. Those who oppose the idea, argue it will get people addicted to drugs.

Bierman said legalizing weed will actually make it safer for everyone. "Now we are taking that and we're going to bring it into a retail establishment, where there is security, where there is licensing by the state and oversight, where the marijuana is being tested, as mandated by the state. I think by legitimizing it, you are making it a lot safer."

You can watch the entire interview on my weekend show Face the State. The show airs Saturday at 3:30pm and Sunday at 6:30am and 4pm.

Written by Chris Ciarlo

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