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"Nevada in Danger of Losing Its Respectability":

So writes Jacob Sullum, in Reason's Hit & Run:

[T]he group opposing the [Nevada marijuana legalization] initiative is called the Committee to Keep Nevada Respectable. Gambling, prostitution, and 24-hour liquor sales are one thing, but pot smoking? That would really give the state a licentious reputation.

Sullum's post is actually primarily about a recent survey that shows surprising support for the initiative.

Marco Carbone (mail) (www):
You can read more about Nevada's initiative here:

http://www.regulatemarijuana.org
9.22.2006 9:30pm
LTEC (mail) (www):
Simpsons did it:

"Someone dishonoring their marriage vows? Not in Las Vegas!"
9.23.2006 1:46am
Oren Elrad (mail):
So here comes the obvious federalism question . .

To what extent can congress punitively strip NV of funds on the basis of this fact? There's nothing in the conditions enumerated in SOUTH DAKOTA v. DOLE, 483 U.S. 203 (1987) that would seem to restrict it (even worse, actually, since SD had the 21st amendment going for it).

I can't find any serious bar to congress passing a law stripping NV of all road and school aid if this passes (better still to pass it before the election).
9.23.2006 10:51am
zooba:
Oren: Well, although not formally announced as an element in Dole, coerciveness seems to be an element in that case and others, with the reduction of funds in dole only being about 5%. So I doubt the 100% reduction would past the constitutional smell test. Secondly, the issue of whether it is reasonably related isn't exactly clear under Dole. Yea, the argument seems analogous for controlling alcohol use wrt public highway money as controlling drug use wrt public highway money, but SCOTUS thinks drugs and booze are somehow constitutionally different as to allow searches w/o probable cause for one and not allow them for the other. Also, I don't see how school aid is reasonably related to marijuana in the same way the road money is, especially if they put a minimum age limit on it.
9.23.2006 2:55pm
Learned Limb (www):
Smoking the Devil's Weed legally? 'Tis truly a shameful act, abominable to His Will. We must excruciate any homosexual lobby politician voting for such a thing. And should a citizen be so deluded, he too must face Holy correction.

Christ's Own Justice,
Learned Limb
9.23.2006 3:44pm
Mary Katherine Day-Petrano (mail):
Nevada reminds me of my law school friend, a few classes ahread of me, who graduated law school (got the book award in Contracts), went to Nevada, became licensed to practice law, and returned to California in a car with hunderds a bullet holes. When I asked what happened, he said "I have been practicing law in Nevada ...."
9.23.2006 4:16pm
logicnazi (mail) (www):
Also I would guess the justification for revoking highway money based on alcohol laws has to do with the connection to car accidents. Now while MJ certainly impairs reflexes the studies done in driving simulators seem to suggest the reduced speed of stoned drivers tends to more than compensate for this making them actually safer.

Of course what are mere facts to a congressional finding
9.24.2006 3:53am
zach:
From what I remember, the feds tried to threaten to withold funding when medical marijuana laws were first being passed. When it came down to it, they did nothing.
9.24.2006 4:23am
happy lee (mail):
Oren's post reminds me that there is nothing in the constitution forbidding secession from this voluntary union -- ah, but that issue was decisively settled 160 or so years ago. Yup, Nevadans have no right to choose but have an absolute duty to pay homage to its (sober) overlords in DC.
9.24.2006 4:52am
Aric (mail) (www):
It should be noted that in my experience, many of the roads in Nevada are not primarily used by Nevadans. I live in Boise, Idaho, and a few years ago, I drove down to Las Vegas. I went through Nevada, down the East side. Most of the cars on that road did *not* have Nevada plates — as a matter of fact, I once, right outside Ely, found myself in a group of three cars, all from the same county as me.

Look at I-80 - it goes through a few small towns in Nevada, but its primary purpose is as a link from California to SLC and on to the northern midwest.
9.24.2006 1:50pm
Joshua (www):
Oren's post reminds me that there is nothing in the constitution forbidding secession from this voluntary union -- ah, but that issue was decisively settled 160 or so years ago. Yup, Nevadans have no right to choose but have an absolute duty to pay homage to its (sober) overlords in DC.

Besides, Nevada is not only landlocked but completely surrounded by the rest of the U.S. Once the Feds impose an air blockade of the state (thus keeping out the tourists who drive a huge chunk of the state's economy), well, so much for secession.
9.25.2006 12:03pm
Joshua (www):
Unless, of course, the Aztlanistas get their way first.
9.25.2006 12:05pm