Marijuana backers eye 2012 NV ballot measure

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Backers of a proposal to tax and regulate marijuana are hoping the third time's the charm to get an initiative passed in Nevada.

The Marijuana Policy Project of Nevada on Wednesday filed paperwork with secretary of state's office creating a ballot advocacy group, Nevadans for Sensible Marijuana Laws, to support the measure being eyed for the 2012 ballot.

Organizers say the group plans to file language for the initiative in January, but that it will seek to tax and regulate pot.

Nevadans sanctioned medical marijuana use with passage of a constitutional amendment in 1998 and again in 2000.

Voters in 2002 defeated a proposal to allow personal possession of up to three ounces. Another measure allowing adults to legally possess up to 1 ounce was rejected in 2006.


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