Month: March 2017

Nevada Sen. Tick Segerblom’s Heart Beats for an American Amsterdam in Las Vegas

Nevada state Sen. Tick Segerblom with his eponymous pot strain, Segerblom Haze.

Nevada state Sen. Tick Segerblom with his eponymous pot strain, Segerblom Haze.

BY ED MURRIETA

If Nevada state Sen. Tick Segerblom’s legislation prevails, what’s happened in Amsterdam for the past 50 years will become the future of cannabis tourism in Las Vegas and across the Silver State into the 21st century.

Once famously harsh on those who possess or sell marijuana — threatening 20 years in prison for the former and life sentences for the latter — Nevada has become America’s most progressive pro-pot state in the past three years.

Nevada voters approved medical cannabis in 2014 and adult-use recreational cannabis in 2016. This year, the Legislature is set to green-light recreational pot sales six months ahead of schedule and likely will give local governments the authority to allow public consumption of cannabis virtually everywhere except federally regulated casinos — in hotels, bars, restaurants, brothels and even on The Strip of Sin City itself.

Segerblom, a Las Vegas Democrat, spoke with us in a telephone call this week from his office in Carson City, where the bi-annual Legislature is in session until June. Here’s an edited transcript.
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Who Said It? Jeff Sessions or Harry J. Anslinger?

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Jeff Sessions

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Harry J. Anslinger

 

BY ED MURRIETA

As President Trump echoes Adolf Hitler and Richard Nixon with his attacks on the media as the enemy of the people, his attorney general’s views on pot and the people who smoke, vape and eat it are reminiscent of the man who inspired “Reefer Madness” in America.

Harry J. Anslinger, the first commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics beginning in the 1930s, was America’s original racist drug warrior. Jeff Sessions, the newly appointed U.S. Attorney General, is the most recent.

Here are some cannabis quotes from both men. Can you tell who said what? Continue reading

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