The NAACP has officially joined the recreational cannabis legalization conversation in Nevada.

The President of the Reno-Sparks NAACP chapter, Jeffery Blanck, recently sent a letter to Nevada legislators urging them to legalize the recreational use of marijuana during the 2015 legislative session. Due to the diligence of Nevada chapter of the NCIA collecting enough signatures on a petition, Nevada lawmakers must choose to legalize recreational marijuana within the first 40 days of 2015. If no decision is made the measure will be placed on the 2016 General Election ballot.

“We’re in almost the top 10 of the states in the nation on spending money and time on enforcement for marijuana possession.”

Like many other areas of the country, Nevada has a high arrest rate relative to african americans and marijuana. The NAACP cites this as the core reason for their support of legalizing marijuana in the state.

“We’re spending, in Nevada, almost $40 million a year, our arrest rate in the past 10 years has gone up 96-percent, and we’re in almost the top 10 of the states in the nation on spending money and time on enforcement for marijuana possession. We could use this money for other things,” stated Blanck

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