Mike Meno from MPP told the LVRJ that they have had to cut back on their funding of various groups. With the polling in Nevada showing only 42% support for legalization, Nevada is one place where they have cut back. MPP itself is suffering from reduced funding, due to cutbacks in funding by its majority donor, Progressive Insurance’s Peter Lewis, following the sex scandal and three-month leave-of-absence of its founder and still Executive Director, Rob Kampia.
It isn’t as if Nevada was fertile ground for legalization in 2002 and 2006, however. The 2002 initiative failed with only 39% of the vote and the 2006 initiative lost with 44%. Nevada Secretary of State’s spokesperson Pam Miller’s asserts that “Volunteers have certainly accomplished this feat [gotten legalization initiatives on the ballot] in the past, so we’ll just see what happens,” but the past two efforts made the ballot thanks to $6 to $10 million of MPP money paying professional signature gatherers.
So if we are to legalize in Nevada, it is up to us. Big money, out-of-state legalization efforts with their sensibly named front groups are not going to liberate Nevada’s cannabis consumers. It will be the in-state grassroots organizers volunteering to secure their own freedom that make the difference for 2012.
You can join the grassroots organizations that are working to end Nevada marijuana prohibition. Contact Northern Nevada NORML in the Reno area or Las Vegas NORML (email monalisa ‘at’ embarqmail ‘dot’ com, website coming soon) to get involved today!