ACLU Of Nevada Says Cops Are Exploiting Cannabis Loophole To Continue Arrests Despite Legalization (Op-Ed)

ACLU Of Nevada Says Cops Are Exploiting Cannabis Loophole To Continue Arrests Despite Legalization (Op-Ed)
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“Prosecutors and police continue to treat cannabis like heroin and methamphetamine rather than respecting the voice of Nevada voters.” By Sadmira Ramic, ACLU of Nevada U.S. attitudes toward cannabis have begun to change as more states have decriminalized or legalized cannabis medically and recreationally. Here in Nevada, cannabis has become a lucrative and profitable commodity for dispensaries and wholesalers, but prosecutors and police continue to treat cannabis like heroin and methamphetamine rather than respecting the voice of Nevada voters. Voters approved the Nevada Medical Marijuana Act, which legalized cannabis for medical use in our state and enshrined cannabis’ medical value in the Nevada Constitution nearly 25 years ago. Then in 2016, Nevada voters approved the Initiative to Regulate and Tax Marijuana, which permitted the legal possession of cannabis for recreational purposes. The initiative was explicit in its intent, including directives to stop using resources needed to prevent violent and property crimes to prosecute cannabis-related offenses and to regulate cannabis in the same manner as alcohol. The passage of these items were promising steps toward putting an end to the failed war on drugs, which treated Black, Brown and low-income communities disproportionally as it pertained to cannabis use and sale. These items were also promising in that they could reduce mass incarceration while concurrently dispelling the long-disproven notion that cannabis could not be used for medical treatment. On the surface, Nevada made headway in righting past wrongs, but a loophole is being abused by the government, police departments and district attorney’s offices to continue the enforcement of unsound policies and laws related to cannabis—policies that legalization was intended to eliminate. The Nevada Legislature previously delegated the authority to the Nevada State Board of Pharmacy to classify drugs into “schedules.” The Board’s Schedule I list is reserved for substances such as heroin and…

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