That measure, backed by the Marijuana Policy Project and its local affiliate, the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, will allow consumers over 21 years of age to purchase and possess up to one ounce of the drug, and up to 12 marijuana plants. Tax revenue from marijuana sales would be dedicated to public education and enforcement under the proposal, which is modeled closely on ballot measures that passed this year in Oregon, Alaska and Washington, D.C.
Supporters of stronger gun control measures turned in 166,779 valid signatures, Miller’s office said. That proposal would close loopholes in state background check laws, similar to a measure that passed by a wide margin in Washington state in November.
That measure was advanced by Nevadans for Background Checks, a group funded by former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, who also helped fund the Washington measure. It exempts transfers of antique firearms, transfers between immediate family members and transfers for self-defense, hunting and target shooting from requiring background checks.
Democrats who controlled the legislature until this November’s elections passed a similar background check expansion in 2013, though Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) vetoed that measure.
Both proposals now head to the state legislature, which has the first 40 days of the session that begins next month to act. If the legislature does not act within that window, or votes the measures down, the measures will appear on the November 2016 ballot for voters to approve or reject.
It’s not likely that the legislature, now dominated by Republicans after elections swept Democratic majorities out of power in November, will take up either measure.