Sin City will have a new attraction for tourists, now that the already tolerant Nevada has joined California and Massachusetts and has opted to count marijuana use among the personal choices that government doesn’t get to dictate.
The state’s libertarian streak shone through, with reports saying the measure would indeed pass.
The proposition will let adults in Nevada have and use marijuana, and aims to create a retail marijuana market for cannabis, similar to how alcohol is sold in the state. The measure routes tax money from legalization to the state’s schools.
The result was a slap in the face to Las Vegas casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, who bankrolled the opposition campaign, along of course with donating millions to similar battles in Florida and Arizona. Adelson managed to take the high irony of the hypocrisy of much legalization opposition to new levels, having made his billions through the combined vices of gambling and alcohol sales, and their potent combination.
In Nevada, he covered the $3.4 million opposition campaign cost almost entirely himself. The paper he bought, the Las Vegas Review Journal, editorialized against the measure as well. The money went to pay for misleading ads that tried to paint a picture of failed marijuana legalization in Oregon, Washington and Colorado, despite lawmakers from those states standing up for their systems.
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