John Locher / Assocaited Press
Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018 | 2 a.m.
Marijuana advocates want to see Nevada laws changed to prevent employers from firing workers for smoking pot and to raise the amount of THC — the active ingredient in the plant — people can have in their systems to legally drive.
Proponents gathered last week at the new Cannabation Museum in downtown Las Vegas to discuss the intersection of pot and politics and to promote a website that allows voters to see where candidates stand on marijuana-related issues.
“You can’t have something the state relies on for tax money and then turn around and fire somebody for using it,” state Sen. Tick Segerblom said. “We can’t make marijuana users criminals if they’re not doing anything wrong.”
Segerblom was joined at the event Friday by Keith Stroup, founder of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, and Erik Altieri, the organization’s executive director.
Speaking to lawmakers and marijuana industry leaders, they highlighted a new NORML website that evaluates local, state and federal political candidates on weed issues based on their voting records and responses to a NORML-issued survey. The site is at vote.norml.org.
“It doesn’t just cover incumbents in Congress, major parties and third parties,” Altieri said. “It covers everyone down the line. Anyone who accesses the site can be informed enough to vote.”
One pressing issue, advocates said, is the law regarding marijuana use and driving under the influence. In Nevada, a person can be charged with DUI if the amount of THC in their system is two nanograms per milliliter or more.
That levels is far lower than some other