CARSON CITY — Backers of an initiative petition to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in Nevada said Friday they have collected far more than the required number of signatures to bring the measure to the ballot in 2016.
Joe Brezny with the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol said the group plans to turn in about 170,000 signatures to county clerks on Wednesday. The group needs 101,667 signatures from registered Nevada voters to qualify the measure.
Brezny said he expects to have nearly two times the number of signatures needed in each of the state’s four congressional districts.
The deadline for initiative petitions is Tuesday, but since it is Veterans Day and a state and federal holiday, Brezny said Wednesday is the deadline.
If the group is successful, the proposal to legalize recreational marijuana use for those age 21 or older will go to the 2015 Legislature. If the Legislature fails to approve the proposal within the first 60 days of the session, it goes to Nevada voters in 2016.
The measure is modeled after the recreational marijuana law approved by voters in Colorado.
Brezny said when the petition was filed in April that internal polling from 2013 showed support among Nevada voters for legalization by a margin of 54 percent to 42 percent.
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