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DECISION THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2006 RENO GAZETTE-JOURNALRGJ.COM 7A Marijuana backers say they won't give up effort Question 7 rejected 56 to 44; measure passed only in Storey BY SANDRA CHEREB ASSOCIATED PRESS Backers of a move to legalize small amounts of marijuana in Nevada said they're not dissuaded by its defeat at the polls. If anything, they were encouraged by the support they received from voters and pledged Wednesday to try again. "The reality is, in the history of this country, no pot initiative has gotten the vote total we're going to end up getting," said Neal Levine, campaign manager for the Committee to Control and Regulate Marijuana. Nevadans can expect the issue to appear again in 2008 or 2010, he said. "It's 100 percent certainty that we will be back on the ballot," Levine said. "We've been working this state for five years, and we're not going anywhere." Voters rejected Question 7, 56 percent to 44 percent. It passed only in tiny Storey County, by a mere 95 votes of 1,851 cast. x-winner; (i) incumbent State results 1 ,91 3 of 1 ,91 3 precincts 1 00 U.S. Senate x-John Ensign, GOP (i); 321 ,186 -55 Jack Carter, Dem; 237,875 41 None of these; 8,192 1 David Schumann, IAP; 7,749 1 Brendan Trainor, Lib; 5,2461 Governor x-Jim Gibbons, GOP; 277,855 48 Dina Titus, Dem; 254,920 44 None of these; 20,6194 Christopher Hansen, IAP; 19,966 3 Craig Bergland, Grn; 6,731 1 Lieutenant Governor x-Brian Krolicki, GOP; 300,069 -52 Bob Unger, Dem; 227,845 40 Thomas Jefferson, IAP; 25,322 4 None of these; 21,4554 Secretary ol State x-Ross Miller, Dem; 278,576 49 Danny Tarkanian, GOP; 231,904 -41 Janine Hansen, IAP; 38,577 7 None of these; 22,568 4 Attorney General x-Catherine Cortez Masto, Dem; 338,213-59 Don Chairez, GOP; 204,174 - 36 None of these; 30,5925 Treasurer x-Kate Marshall, Dem; 270,1 54 47 Mark DeStefano, GOP; 238,232 -42 Mark Andrews, IAP; 35,795 6 None of these; 27,425 5 Controller x-KimWallin, Dem; 256,921 45 Steve Martin, GOP; (i) 249,946 44 None of these; 31 ,560 6 Floyd Frtzgibbons, IAP; 30,391 5 Nevada Senate DisL 1 470 of 470 precincts 100 x-Sheltey Berkley, Dem; (i) 84,979 65 Kenneth Wegner, GOP; 40.901 31 Jim Duensing. Lib; 2,8412 Darnell Roberts, IAP; 2.337 2 Dist.2 893 of 893 precincts 100 x-Dean Heller, GOP", 116.160 50 Jill Derby, Dem; 1 03.572 45 Daniel Rosen. Ind; 5.467 2 James Kroshus, IAP. 5.409 2 DisL 3 550 of 550 precincts 100 x-Jon Porter. GOP (i): 102.1 76 48 But statewide, more than 250,000 people voted in favor of selling legalized marijuana to adults at state-sanctioned pot shops. Ve wey Quong, 3 7, a part-time stage hand at the Reno Events Center, said he voted for it "just on principle." "The state isn't going to enforce it, it is against federal laws," he said. "Once the feds say, 'OK, you either crack down on marijuana or we cut down your highway funds,' we will see what the state does then," he said. "I want to see the government sweat a little bit." Push to get on ballot The committee, backed by the Washington, D.C., Marijuana Policy Project, collected 86,000 signatures to get the measure on this year's ballot. Nevadans sanctioned marijuana for medicinal purposes by approving a state constitutional amendment in 1998 and again in 2000. Two years later, voters re Governor i Gibbons. Jim 47.90 i Titus. Dina 43 94; Tessa Hafen, Dem; 98,210 47 Joshua Hansen, IAP; 5,326 3 Joseph Silvestri, Lib; 5,1 55 2 Nevada Supreme Court SeatF 1 ,91 2 of 1 ,91 3 precincts 99 x-Michael Douglas (i); 259,417 -48 Cynthia Dianne Steel; 194,354 -36 None of these; 82,477 -15 Seat G 1,912 of 1,913 precincts 99 x-Nancy Saitta; 252,343 47 Nancy Becker (i); 205,157 38 None of these; 84,596 16 University Regents Dist. 1 Part of Clark County 1 09 of 1 09 precincts 1 00 x-Cedric Crean 11,601 58 Jefferson Lee; 8,405 42 Dist. 4 Part of Clark County 1 07 of 1 07 precincts 1 00 x-MarkAlden (i); 27,32869 Troy Wade; 12,139-31 Dist. 9 1 93 of 1 93 precincts 1 00 x-RonKnecht; 30,868 - 54 David Fulstone; 26,659 46 State Board of Education Dist.2 143 of 143 precincts 100 x-Anthony Ruggiero; 25,513 53 Kevin Davis; 22,938 47 Dist. 4 21 5 of 21 5 precincts 100 x-CindyReid(i); 48.330 69 D. L Arnold; 21 ,775 31 Dist. 5 86 of 86 precincts 100 x-Greg Nance; 8.657 59 Nevada Stupak; 5.93041 Nevada Senate Dist. 2 Clark County 53 of 53 precincts 100 x-Maggie Carttori. Dem (i); 4.781 -73 Tino Mendoza. GOP", 1,742 27 Dist. S Clark County 141 of 141 precincts 100 x-Joyce Woodhouse. Dem; 29.969 48 Sandra Tiffany. GOP (i): 28.162 45 jected efforts by national advocates to further decriminalize marijuana by allowing possession of up to 3 ounces of the drug for nonmedical use. When that failed, advocates circulated the Question 7 petition, tying legalization of less than 1 ounce to enhanced penalties for driving under the influence. Advocates argued that legalizing marijuana would take profits from drug dealers, keep it away from children, and allow law enforcement to concentrate on violent crime. What set the Nevada initiative apart from others around the country was its lure of untapped Tevenues by requiring the state to establish procedures to tax and license growers, distributors and retailers. Opponents, including law enforcement, business and civic groups, said the allure of tax dollars was a pipe dream because marijuana would remain illegal under federal law. White House Drug Czar John Walters said the message is getting through that marijuana is a more harmful drug than people realize. "The results of this election show that Americans simply do not want more drugs in STATE RESULTS Congress Representative District 2 Heller, Dean 50.37 Derby. Jill 44.91 Tim Hagan, Lib; 4,795 8 Dist. 8 Clark County 66 of 66 precincts 100 x-Barbara Cegavske, GOP (i); 14,88455 Chanda Cook, Dem; 1 2,421 45 Dist. 9 Clark County 170 of 170 precincts 100 x-Dennis Nolan, GOP (i); 35,813 66 Warren Markowitz, IAP; 18,312 -34 Dist. 12 Clark County 1 33 of 1 33 precincts 1 00 x-Warren Hardy, GOP (i); 28,299 67 Mary Martinez, IAP; 13,73933 Dist. 2 Washoe County 1 59 of 1 59 precincts 1 00 x-Maurice Washington, GOP (i); 19,908 - 56 John Emerson, Dem; 15,954 44 Capital District 80 of 80 precincts 1 00 x-MarkAmodei, GOP (i); 27,035 -78 Ike Yochum, IAP; 7,761 22 Nevada Assembly Dist. 1 Clark County 48 of 48 precincts 1 00 x-Mariryn Kirkpatrick. Dem (i); 6,639 - 58 Linda Myers. GOP; 4,138 36 JayGeraldi,IAP;383 3 Brandon Robison, Lib; 382 3 Dist. 2 Clark County 33 of 33 precincts 100 x-Gam Mabey. GOP (i); 8.827 52 Carlos Blumberg, Dem; 7,412 44 JonKamerath, IAP; 601 4 DisL 3 Clark County 41 of 41 precincts 100 x-Peggy Pierce. Dem (i); 4.549 . -51 Mel Kalagian. Dem; 4.381 49 Dist. 4 Clark County 47 of 47 precincts 100 x-Francis Ailen. GOP (T); 11.082 56 C. Botcher, Dem; 8.731 44 Question 7 Regulate the sale, use and possession of one ounce or less of marijuana by persons at least 21 years of age, impose licensing requirements on marijuana retailers and wholesalers. 5593; their communities," he said in a statement. But the committee's arguments resonated with some voters, and drew some unlikely allies, including a coalition of nearly three dozen clergy who endorsed it on moral grounds. "Some of us Protestants believe that one of the functions of government is to curb sinful behavior," the Rev. Ruth Question 6 Amended Nevada Constitution to raise the minimum wage paid to employees. Dist. 5 Clark County 26 of 26 precincts 100 x-Valerie Weber, GOP (i); 6,1 34 -51 Dawn Dudas, Dem; 5,35545 Ricky Eubanks, IAP; 4584 Dist. 7 Clark County 36 of 36 precincts 100 x-Morse Arberry, Dem (i); 4,443 61 Stan Vaughan, Dem; 2,803 39 Dist. 8 Clark County 18 of 18 precincts 100 x-Barbara Buckley, Dem (i); 4,099 68 Patricia Peacock, GOP; 1,916 32 Dist. 9 Clark County 28 of 28 precincts 100 x-Tick Segerblom, Dem; 4,733 75 Butch Brown, IAP; 1,53825 Dist. 10 Clark County 34 of 34 precincts 100 x-Joseph Hogan, Dem; (i) 4,468 -53 Jonathan Ozark, GOP; 3,470 41 Nicholas Hansen, IAP; 459 5 Dist. 12 Clark County 30 of 30 precincts 100 x-James Ohrenschall, Dem; 5.314 -71 Lee Haynes, GOP; 2,21829 Dist. 13 Clark County 12401124 precincts 100 x-ChadChristensen.GOP(i); 20.323-52 Adam Taylor. Dem; 1 6,51 5 42 Debra Payne. Lib; 2,1395 Oist. 14 Clark County 26 of 26 precincts 100 x-Ellen Koivisto, Dem (i); 6.045 75 Steven Dempsey. IAP; 2.026 25 Dist. 16 Clark County 24 of 24 precincts 1 00 x-John Oceguera. Dem (i); 7.956 76 Nathan Santucci. Lib: 2.552 24 DisL 17 Clark County 43 of 43 precincts 100 Vac No 55.93 Yes 68.72 Un 1 OH". The results of this election show that Americans simply do not want more drugs in their communities.' JOHN WALTERS White House drug czar Hanusa, chaplain at Campus Christian Association at University of Nevada, Reno, said during the campaign. "But our marijuana laws are not curbing marijuana use and they are causing more harm than good by filling the pockets of dangerous criminals and ensuring that children have the easiest access of anyone," she said. Voting yes Angelica Landeros, 26, a Reno market owner, said she voted for the initiative because of its revenue potential. "If we can pass it here in Nevada, that's just one more stream of income," she said. Kevin Johnson, 44, said he didn't think law enforcement was using taxpayer money wisely now to enforce mari x-Kelvin Atkinson, Dem (i); 6,221 54 Angelo Carvalho, GOP; 4,700 41 Pat Little, IAP; 681 6 Dist. 18 Clark County 34 of 34 precincts 100 x-Mark Manendo, Dem (i); 7,764 66 Ken Jarvis, GOP; 3,341 -28 LouEpton, IAP; 627 5 Dist. 19 Clark County 31 o131 precincts 100 x-Jerry Claborn, Dem (i); 4,092 70 Joseph Smith, Dem; 1 ,793 30 Dist. 20 Clark County 46 of 46 precincts 100 x-Joe Hardy, GOP (i); 11,283 -69 Art Lynch, Dem; 5,11531 Dist. 21 Clark County 32 of 32 precincts 100 x-Bob Beers, GOP; 7,503 - 51 Brian Keene, Dem; 7,12849 Dist. 22 Clark County 1 1 6 of 1 1 6 precincts 1 00 x-Lynn Stewart, GOP; 22,149 -56 Ruben Urias, Dem; 15,61840 Leon Catlett. IAP; 1,582-4 Dist. 23 Clark County 25 of 25 precincts 100 x-RoseMary Womack, Dem; 5,863 51 Steven Grierson, GOP; 5,555 -49 Dist. 24 Washoe County 42 of 42 precincts 100 x-David Bobzien, Dem; 6,750 55 Brooks Holcomb. GOP (i); 4,870 40 Jim Young. Lib; 642 5 Dist. 26 Washoe County 114 of 114 precincts 100 x-Ty Cobb, GOP; 15.438 - 64 Richard Hardenbrook, Dem; 8,731 36 Dist. 27 Washoe County 46 ol 46 precincts 100 x-5heila Leslie, Dem (i): 6,792 7i Glenn Fruehan, Dem; 2,161 24 Dist. 29 Clark County 30 of 30 precincts 100 x-Susan Gerhardt, Dem (i); 7.665 58 Michael Smith. GOP; 5.61 3 42 Dist. 31 Washoe County 40 of 40 precincts 100 x-Bemie Anderson. Dem (i); 5.848 58 Randi Thompson. GOP; 4.256 42 Dist. 32 Washoe County 98 of 98 precincts 100. x-John Marvel. GOP (i); 13.711 -59. V ke Sparkle. Dem: 9 537 41 juana laws. "I'm in favor of it because it also increases the penalties for people who injure or kill somebody if they're driving under the influence," he said. Connie Avila, a 43-year-old casino worker, said she doesn't smoke pot, but she voted yes so that medical users would have a legal way to obtain it. Others, like Corey Jay Johns, were not convinced legalizing marijuana would have any benefit. "I just don't believe people should have a right to marijuana," the 31 -year-old security guard said. "You tell your kids it's bad and they should stay away from it, then you are trying to say it is bad for you, but it's OK for me. "That doesn't settle with me," he said. Dist. 36 59 of 59 precincts 100 x-Ed Goedhart, GOP; 9,227 53 Laurayne Murray, Dem; 6,649 . -38 David Holmgren, IAP; 1,5729 Dist. 38 63 of 63 precincts 100 x-Tom Grady, GOP (i); 12,891 -62 Cathylee James, Dem; 7,955 -38 Dist. 39 CarsonDouglas 50 of 50 precincts 100 x-James Settelmeyer, GOP; 13,966 -65 Joetta Brown, Dem; 7,394 35 Dist. 40 CarsonWashoe 23 of 23 precincts 100 x-Bonnie Parnell, Dem (i); 8,732 -56 Sheila Ward, GOP; 6,91 7 44 Dist. 41 Clark County 21 of 21 precincts 100 x-David Parks, Dem (i); 4,542 -60 Bob Wong, GOP; 2,681 35 Brad Barnhilt. IAP; 361 5 Ballot questions Education First 1,912 of 1,913 precincts 99 x-Yes.310,630 55 No, 257,645 - 45 Property Rights 1 ,91 2 of 1 ,91 3 precincts 99 x-Yes, 352,558 63 No, 206,1 43 -37 Minimum Wage 1,912 of 1,913 precincts 99 x-Yes, 394,058 - 69 No, 179,388-31 Secondhand Smoke 1,91 2 of 1,91 3 precincts 99 Yes, 274,828 - 48 x-No, 297,875 52 Clean Air 1,912 of 1,913 precincts 99 x-Yes, 309.268 - 54 No, 264,615 46 Legal Marijuana 1 .912 of 1 .91 3 precincts 99 Yes. 252,776 44 x-No, 320,854 56 Sales Tax 1 .91 2 of 1 .91 3 precincts 99 x-Yes, 383.524 -69 No. 174,158 - 31 Regents 1.912 of 1.913 precincts 99 Yes. 268.930 49 x-No, 276.715 51 Special Sessioa 1 ,91 2 of 1 .91 3 precincts 99 Yes. 260256 -48 x-No. 286.051 -52 Legislative Pay 1 ,91 2 of 1 .91 3 precincts 99 Yes. 164.560 30 x-No. 390 076 - 70 v

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