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Could legalizing marijuana solve Valley drug problem?

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Police in hazmat suits with numerous marijuana plants seized from a house on Lilly Haven Avenue in Las Vegas on Jan. 24, 2014. (Erik Ho/FOX5) Police in hazmat suits with numerous marijuana plants seized from a house on Lilly Haven Avenue in Las Vegas on Jan. 24, 2014. (Erik Ho/FOX5)
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State Sen. Tick Segerblom said the public is ahead of the politicians when it comes to legalizing marijuana.

"Once and if we legalize fully, then I think the grow houses will go away," Segerblom said.

Segerblom said if shops are legally allowed to sell pot and the state puts a tax on it, grow houses could go out of business.

"These grow houses will still be illegal, but the fact is, it wouldn't be profitable for them because people would just go to a licensed place," Segerblom said.

If marijuana is legalized, places like the Lair Vapor Lounge could apply for a license to sell. Owners of e-cigarette and vapor shops said their businesses get a bad reputation because pot is associated with many of their products. They said legalizing marijuana could take some of the burden off vapor shops and reduce grow houses in the area.

"I'm actually not against marijuana, but I don't support it either," said A.J. Haneefah, owner of Lair Vapor Lounge. "It would probably eliminate the majority of it. It's kind of like you're putting someone out of business. It's like us with Big Tobacco, we're putting you out of business."

Right now Metro is putting grow houses across the Valley out of business. They're cracking down on homes growing hundreds of marijuana plants worth millions of dollars on the street. It's money Segerblom said could go back to the state.

"Right now police have to spend so much money on resources trying to track these places down and bust them, and if we could make it legal we could tax it, put money into schools, and we can save money on the police."

A new law has made medical marijuana dispensaries legal in Nevada, but Clark County leaders are still working on how to regulate them.

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