Nevada Votes to Legalize Recreational Marijuana

November 8th 2016

Kyle Jaeger

Nevada voters passed a measure to legalize marijuana for recreational use in the state on Tuesday. 


In the days leading up to the vote, polling indicated that the measure would be a close contest, with supporters narrowly outnumbering opponents by about two points. But the pro-legalization campaign prevailed on Election Day. 

Prior to the election, only four states and D.C. had legalized marijuana for recreational use. Nevada voters did, however, pass a measure to legalize medical marijuana in 2000. 


Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, based in Nevada, contributed over $1 million to a campaign opposing the state's recreational legalization initiative in the final weeks before the election, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported