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Nevada legislature considering allowing recreational marijuana use

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At the First Friday street fair in downtown Las Vegas, nonprofit Wellness Education Cannabis Advocates of Nevada, also known as WECAN702, was collecting signatures, sending a message to Carson City to legalize marijuana in Nevada.

"It's unconstitutional that they cannot choose to use a plant in whatever manner they would like," said Vicki Higgins, with WECAN702

Now Nevada Assemblyman Joe Hogan (D-Las Vegas) has heard their message, introducing a bill on Friday which would allow recreational marijuana use.

"It's modeled after mostly the Washington (state) bill," Hogan said.

Hogan said money generated from the bill will be close to $500 million a year, and most of it would go to a cause which desperately needs funding.

"The profit-making activities connected with marijuana, all of it will go to education," Hogan told FOX5.

But not everyone agrees this is the right move for the state, even though the bill says only adults 21 and older could buy it.

"People they come home from work, they have children, maybe they put the kids to bed, maybe they don't. They decide to smoke some marijuana. You think these kids aren't going to inhale that?" said Sandy Heverly, executive director of nonprofit Stop DUI.

Heverly said legalizing pot will make already dangerous southern Nevada roads even worse when marijuana users get behind the wheel of a car.

"We haven't done a very good job with alcohol. You think about all the death, injury and destruction that's been caused by alcohol, and we've seen a lot of death, injury and destruction caused by marijuana," Heverly said.

But Hogan disagrees.

"Marijuana doesn't create a lot of crazy drivers. It creates kind of mellow folks," Hogan said.

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