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Nevada Voters Pass State Questions 1, 2, 3 & 4

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Nevada voters have passed state ballot questions 1, 2, 3 and 4. 

Voters have approved an initiative to tighten gun background checks in Nevada.
    
Backers of the initiative, Question 1 on the ballot, said they wanted to close what they called a loophole in current law by requiring background checks through a licensed gun dealer when most firearms change hands - including personal and online sales.
    
They had support from the national advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund, which is supported by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
    
The governor, state attorney general and 16 of the state's 17 county sheriffs joined opponents of the measure, backed by the National Rifle Association.
    
They called the initiative a threat to Second Amendment gun rights that would cost law-abiding gun owners time and money.
    
They argued that criminals just don't get background checks.

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Passage of Ballot Question 2 means Nevadans can possess up to an ounce of recreational marijuana beginning Jan. 1. A 15% excise tax will be levied on the sales, with revenue going to regulate the substance and support education.
    
Local governments will be allowed to make rules on where marijuana businesses can be located, but won't be allowed to impose blanket bans on the substance.
    
Nevada voters legalized medical marijuana on the ballot in 2000, but it wasn't until 2013 that the state Legislature passed a law allowing for dispensaries.
    
Under the new law, only business that have medical pot certificates will be allowed to apply for recreational licenses for the first 18 months.

Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol spokesperson Joe Brezny released a statement saying, "We are thrilled that the people of Nevada have put an end to the failed policy of marijuana prohibition."

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Nevada voters have approved a measure that aims to break up NV Energy's monopoly and open the electricity market to more competitors.
    
Voters gave the greenlight to the Energy Choice Initiative, which is also called Question 3. It must pass a second consecutive vote in 2018 before it can become a constitutional amendment.
    
The measure calls on lawmakers to create a framework for deregulating the state's electrical market and ending the utility company's legal monopoly. It came as large companies including casinos sought to leave NV Energy and find their own providers, but chafed at high exit fees imposed by regulators.
    
Data center company Switch and the Las Vegas Sands casino company were the primary financial backers.
    
Opponents included the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the Nevada State AFL-CIO.

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Nevadans have passed a measure that will exempt medical equipment such as oxygen tanks and hospital beds from the state's sales tax.
    
Voters gave their blessing to the Medical Patient Tax Relief Act, which is also called Question 4. It must pass a second statewide vote in 2018 before it can become a constitutional amendment.
    
Supporters say sales tax on the equipment is unnecessary and hits people who are sick or dying, either directly or through indirect, higher insurance premiums.
    
Opponents argue the proposal is just another giveaway to a special interest group and say public services will take a hit from the lost tax revenue.
    
The measure was financially backed almost entirely by Bennett Medical Services, a Reno company whose products the measure would exempt from the tax.

(The Associated Press also contributed to this report.)  

From the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol:
 
This evening, by a current margin of  53% - 46%, the voters of Nevada approved Question 2, the Initiative to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol. Nevada now joins Colorado, Washington, Alaska, and Oregon as states with laws making the possession of marijuana legal and establishing regulated systems for marijuana cultivation and distribution. Similar measures are being considered today in Arizona, California, Maine, and Massachusetts.
 
Following passage of this measure, the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana will be legal for individuals 21 years of age or older beginning on January 1, 2017. The Department of Taxation will be tasked with crafting regulations to govern the cultivation, production, testing, and sale of marijuana by January 1, 2018. 
 
Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol spokesperson Joe Brezny celebrated the passage of the measure.
 
“We are thrilled that the people of Nevada have put an end to the failed policy of marijuana prohibition,” said Brezny. “Marijuana consumers in Nevada will no longer be subject to state-imposed penalties for merely enjoying a substance less harmful than alcohol. Instead of chasing marijuana users, members of law enforcement will now be able to spend their time preventing and investigating serious crimes that actually harm people. As we move forward, we look forward to working with legislators and regulators to ensure that this system is regulated in a manner that benefits consumers and enhances public health.”

From the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol 

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