The Nevada legislature passed a medical marijuana measure last week that would legalize the possession, distribution, and cultivation of medical marijuana.
If approved, the measure would be the first in the nation.
The legislation is likely to face a difficult battle in the state legislature.
Governor Brian Sandoval (D) has promised to veto any bill that violates his state’s medical marijuana law.
A recent survey of Nevada voters found that 71 percent of voters support legalizing medical marijuana, with just 28 percent opposed.
The measure passed with 55 percent support among voters and 47 percent against, according to the Associated Press.
Sandoval is expected to sign the measure into law on Wednesday.
The medical marijuana legislation has drawn criticism from both Democrats and Republicans, with one Republican, Sen. Bill Palmer (R), telling CNN on Tuesday that he was “a little bit concerned” about a potential backlash from voters.
“If people feel that there’s a political motivation behind it, I’m not sure that they’re going to be going along with it,” Palmer said.
“They’re not going to support it.”
Republicans have vowed to fight any measure that they see as interfering with the state’s constitutional right to regulate marijuana.
“There’s not going be any political motivation in voting to make Nevada a state that allows recreational marijuana use, but I do know that it’s very unlikely that we’re going see that happen,” Sen. Kevin Grantham (R-Nevada) told CNN on Wednesday, adding that “people who are very anti-drug will not vote for it.”
He said that he thinks “there’s a lot of people who will say it’s OK to be against marijuana use” but that they are “not going to vote for something that will make it legal.”
Granthas position on medical marijuana is likely in line with his previous statements about marijuana.
In 2014, he said that the federal government has no business interfering with states’ rights.
“We’re not here to regulate or regulate anything,” Granthams spokesperson Jennifer Baker told CNN.
“That’s not what we’re here to do.”
She added that Granthays position “isn’t a new position.”
However, Granthames position has changed.
“When you have a position that is based on the federal level and the state level, you are not going, ‘Well, we’re not supposed to regulate anything,'” Baker told the Associated, explaining that the governor “takes a much different position now.”