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Race to Watch: Nevada

Voters all over the United States will make their voices heard at the ballot box on November 6. The battle for the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate come down to just a few competitive races, so it’s more important than ever for cannabis professionals to be informed about the views of key candidates running for office. NCIA has compiled information about candidates running in 25 competitive races for the House of Representatives and three for the Senate that we consider uniquely important to the cannabis industry due to their views on marijuana policy and/or their geographic location.

Senate Races

This is one of the tightest and most contested races in the country. Incumbent Republican Sen. Heller is running against Democrat Rep. Jacky Rosen. Following the recission of the Cole Memo, Sen. Heller stated, “Knowing Attorney General Sessions’ deference to states’ rights, I strongly encourage the DOJ to meet with Governor Sandoval and Attorney General Laxalt to discuss the implications of changes to federal marijuana enforcement policy. I also urge the DOJ to work with the congressional delegations from states like Nevada that have legalized marijuana as they review and navigate the new policy.” Rep. Rosen has been one of the most vocal supporters of cannabis policy reform this Congress. In response to an NCIA candidate survey, Rep. Rosen reiterated her support for adult-use cannabis and wrote, "I was proud to support Nevada's marijuana ballot initiative in 2016 and our state has already seen the positive impacts of this industry, including thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in tax revenue."

Incumbent

Republican

Dean Heller

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Democrat

Jacky Rosen

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Dean Heller

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Public support for marijuana law reform is at an all time high with 63% of voters supporting legalizing marijuana for adults and over 90% supporting legal access to cannabis for medical use. If elected to the 116th Congress, what federal legislation would you support relating to cannabis?

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Does this candidate have a voting record on cannabis issues from a previously-held office? If so, please describe:

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Is there any other information we should know about the candidate and their views on cannabis policy? If so, please describe:

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Jacky Rosen

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Public support for marijuana law reform is at an all time high with 63% of voters supporting legalizing marijuana for adults and over 90% supporting legal access to cannabis for medical use. If elected to the 116th Congress, what federal legislation would you support relating to cannabis?

Legalizing, taxing, and regulating marijuana production and sales for adults over 21;Making marijuana legal for patients with certain medical conditions;Allowing states to determine their own marijuana policies;Legalizing of non-psychoactive hemp for industrial, food, and medical products;Making medical cannabis an option for veterans in the VA system

Does this candidate have a voting record on cannabis issues from a previously-held office? If so, please describe:

I have repeatedly worked to ensure the Trump Administration can’t interfere with Nevada’s marijuana industry. In Congress I have co-sponsored the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act, as well as bipartisan legislation like the Respect State Marijuana Laws Act and the Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States (STATES) Act.

Is there any other information we should know about the candidate and their views on cannabis policy? If so, please describe:

I was proud to support Nevada's marijuana ballot initiative in 2016 and our state has already seen the positive impacts of this industry, including thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in tax revenue.