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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JULY 22, 2002
1:45 PM
CONTACT:  Nevadans for Responsible Law Enforcement
Billy Rogers <Billy@nrle.org> or 702-253-9511
Nevadans Evenly Split on Marijuana Initiative
Supporters Say Poll Provides Good News for Campaign
 
LAS 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 medical marijuana.

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