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Assemblyman Proposes To Legalize Pot

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(LAS VEGAS (A.P. KXNT)__ Nevadans would be able to buy marijuana for recreational use under a bill introduced in the Nevada Assembly that also seeks to tax pot to fund education.

Democratic Assemblyman Joe Hogan of Las Vegas says he has modeled his bill on legislation in Hawaii that is still pending. Two states have recently decriminalized marijuana and several other states are considering it.

Hogan told KXNT legalizing pot would  reduce the huge cost of enforcement of pot laws and would benefit public education through taxation and regulation. Hogan proposes to strictly regulate the growing, licensing and distribution of the weed and would limit the amount of pot an invidual could possess to no more than one ounce. Anyone possessing marijuana would have to be over 21.

Hogan is a retired Navy officer and former Department of Defense employee who says he does not use pot.

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