VEGAS - July 22 - A new poll shows Nevada voters are evenly split on the marijuana
initiative that will appear on the statewide ballot this November. Supporters
of the measure said the survey results are good news for the campaign.
The poll, conducted by Mason/Dixon
for the Las Vegas Review-Journal and published in today's edition, shows that
44 percent of registered voters support allowing adults to possess up to three
ounces of marijuana without risk of arrest. Forty-six percent of those questioned
opposed the idea, and 10 percent were undecided.
"This poll is good news,"
said Billy Rogers, spokesperson for Nevadans for Responsible Law Enforcement,
the group that is sponsoring the initiative. "When Nevadans understand that
this initiative protects responsible people and punishes those who are irresponsible,
we'll win this election."
Rogers said the poll question accurately
reflects only one aspect of the initiative: Voters were asked only whether they
supported allowing adults to possess up to three ounces of marijuana. The survey
did not explain or ask about the other aspects of the initiative.
"This initiative prohibits marijuana
use in public places, provides penalties for those who drive dangerously while
under the influence of marijuana, bans the sale of marijuana to minors, and prohibits
the use or possession of marijuana by minors. When Nevadans understand that this
initiative protects responsible people and punishes those who are irresponsible,
they will vote for it," Rogers said.
The ballot initiative also requires
the state to set up a system that allows seriously ill people to obtain low-cost