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The History of Marijuana in Nevada

Nevada has a history with marijuana that dates back to 1923, when the state joined the nationwide trend to prohibit all forms of marijuana. This wave of criminalization came as Mexicans introduced marijuana into parts of the United States, creating a public fear of the drug and its psychoactive effects. Nevada shared these concerns in the beginning of the century, but by the end of the 1900s, the state felt differently about the legalization of marijuana.

By the end of the century in 1998, Nevada voters approved Question 9, the Nevada Medical Marijuana Act, to legalize medical marijuana in the state. This amendment required approval in two consecutive elections, so after voters approved it in 1998 by 59%, another 65% of Nevada voters favored the amendment again in 2000. The vote ultimately amended the state constitution to allow possession and use of marijuana for treatment of certain illnesses with a recommendation from a physician. After this success, Nevada’s fight for legalization only continued, and by 2016 voters approved legalizing, taxing, and regulating marijuana, so now adults can purchase up to an ounce with a valid ID.


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