Special to Las Vegas Tribune
One lone Republican in Carson City who resisted pressure from lobbyists representing a multi-billion dollar industry and brutal pressure from Republican leadership.
Brutal isn’t even the correct word for it, it’s nearly impossible to resist your peers when every single one of them gang up on you. These are people who at the drop of a hat can dump hundreds of thousands of dollars into your next opponent’s campaign and just write it off as the cost of business for crossing them and voting against the herd.
Being able to resist such pressure is what separates the professional politicians from true statesmen, or a stateswoman in this instance. Politicians are worried about their next election; this stateswoman is concerned about the next generation and giving people freedom to make their own medical decisions.
Assemblywoman Michele Fiore stood up to the pharmaceutical lobbyists and their shills trying to stop S.B. 374, which will help end Big Pharma’s monopoly in Nevada on treating dozens of illnesses by allowing competition from legally prescribed medical marijuana, which gives people a choice to replace nearly all pain medications without the side effects of addiction, adverse reactions, and even death that many of pharmaceutical products have caused over the past several decades.
Michele has stood by the people this day and made herself a champion for those that believe in medical freedom. Not only will this bill turn black markets into free markets, but it will help fund education with revenues through a flat usage fee. S.B. 374 will create jobs and help sick people who had been made criminals up until this point. S.B. 374 was drafted to follow many of the provisions of our neighbor Arizona’s medicinal marijuana law, where projections show it will hire over 1,500 people, provide $74 million in direct employee income while generating over $900 million in residual economic activity by 2016. Thank you, Michele, for your belief in the people.