Las Vegas, Nevada, grown-up entertainment capital of the world takes a huge step towards the decriminalization of cannabis as the state launched its recreational market only 6 months after the voter legislation passed in November of 2016. Fanatic locals and excited tourists formed lines outside dispensaries the night before July 1st in anticipation of midnight when cannabis businesses were expected to open their doors for recreational cannabis sales. It was Tick Segerblom, Nevada State Senator, who helped champion the cannabis bill turned legislation, was among the first individuals to legally purchase the plant under the newly implemented state law.
Befitting of a Vegas production, this celebration was marked with green fireworks, connoisseur couples’ weddings, and cannabis consumer loyalty wait lines that rivaled the iPhone and Tesla releases. “This is the first day of recreational cannabis sales in the state of Nevada. I’m beyond excited, there are hundreds if not thousands of people here and we appreciate all of the support and love. Thank you” said Matthew Morgan, CEO of Reef Dispensaries, during this premiere midnight. Reef Dispensaries located is home to award winning cultivars with roots from Cali. Find Phenom’s from Wiz Khalifa OG, The Exotiz & Cookies FAM when visiting Reef.
“It beats gambling, that’s for sure” said an unnamed Vegas tourist “it’s another bonus Vegas can get into economically.” Sources estimate that $60+ million tax revenue will be generated from the sale of recreational cannabis in Las Vegas alone.
Much like many of the other ‘adult’ attractions of Vegas, you must be over the age of 21 and have a legal form of ID to enter. Under the current framework, cannabis sales are restricted to dispensaries located off the strip, and you’re expected to medicate in your residential home or private property. Possession is limited to 1 ounce, and a $600 fine can be issued for any person found partaking in their highlife ritual in a public setting, including but not limited to Casinos, Restaurants, Bars, Stadiums, Hotels… hotels too, what about the tourists?
Sen. Segerblom to the rescue as he and fellow representatives drafted Senate Bill 236 which would offer cities and counties the authority to license businesses looking for permits to allow for cannabis use on premises. Cities and Counties would be directly involved in drafting their own application process and framework specifics pertaining to their jurisdiction.