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Group Says it Wants to Legalize Marijuana in Nevada by 2012

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CARSON CITY, Nev. — On Wednesday, Jan. 6, on the steps of the
Nevada State Capitol building in Carson City, Dave Schwartz, the campaign
manager for Nevadans for Sensible Marijuana Laws, will discuss the details of a
2012 ballot initiative to establish a taxed and regulated marijuana market for
adults 21 years of age and older in the state of Nevada.

The press conference
will occur immediately after Schwartz submits the initiative petition to the
Secretary of State. Submission to the Secretary of State is a prerequisite to
circulating the petition throughout the state.

The campaign will need to
collect 97.002 signatures by November 2010 in order to qualify for the November
2012 ballot. Schwartz will also unveil the campaign’s Web site, which will
serve as a key educational and organizing tool over coming years.

“We are excited
to be launching this historic campaign,” Schwartz said prior to the press
conference. “We have literally spent months drafting this initiative and
believe it is the best marijuana-related initiative ever proposed. We are fully
confident that we will qualify for the ballot and will garner majority support in
2012.

As we embark on our signature drive, we are determined to use every
interaction with Nevada residents to educate them about one simple fact:
Marijuana, by every objective measure, is a safer substance than alcohol. We
will encourage voters to consider this fact and decide for themselves whether
it makes sense to allow adults to use alcohol freely, but punish them if they
choose to use a less harmful substance, marijuana.”

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