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    Pot Proponents Support Question 9

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    (Sept. 25) -- The public debate is on over ballot Question Nine, which is aimed at legalizing marijuana. Voters will decide in November whether Nevada should legalize the possession of up to three ounces of marijuana.

    Earlier Wednesday, those on both sides on the issue debated the upcoming ballot question, and there was some confusing information given out. Right now, only medical marijuana use is legal, but that could change if state voters and the legislators decide they want to adopt Question Nine.

    If the marijuana initiative passes, then "Rose" won't be scared to show her face. Rose's husband has a spinal cord injury and was turned down by a doctor for a medical marijuana permit. Still, Rose's husband uses marijuana he buys from drug dealers.

    "There's something out there that can help people, and because of an antiquated law that was passed because of political reasons, it's not being made possible for certain people to be obtaining it easily, like my husband," she said.

    But Deputy District Attorney Gary Booker thinks the current law that only allows marijuana for medical use is working.

    On Wednesday, Booker argued on the cable program "Day One" that legalized marijuana for everyone would lead to irresponsible behavior and more driving accidents. He also told viewers that medical marijuana users to not have to break the law to get it.

    "Where people get medical marijuana, they can grow it; they can get the seeds from the Department of Agriculture; it is not that big of a problem," he said.

    As it turns out, Booker's statement was incorrect. The Department of Agriculture and doctors can authorize -- but not provide -- marijuana for those with AIDS, glaucoma and other ailments.

    "People who qualify get an identification card that says that they are that they can use medical marijuana," said Thom Smigel of the Department of Agriculture. "What we don't do is supply medical marijuana, or seeds or plants parts or anything like that."

    Question Nine campaign manager Billy Rogers argues that legalizing marijuana will allow those with medical ailments to purchase drugs safely from the state.

    "It takes three to four months to grow marijuana," Rogers said. "What am I supposed to do in the meantime? I'll tell you what medical marijuana patients do everyday here: They go to drug dealers to get their medicine, and we are trying to change that."

    Still, the possibility of allowing three ounces of marijuana to be used freely by all Nevadans 21 and older is expected to draw strong feelings on both sides. Booker, for one, wants people to know he believes Question Nine is not related at all to medical marijuana and should be treated separately.

    Meanwhile, those supporting Question Nine are hopeful they will be able to gain the majority support.

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