Green takes over the Silver State as it becomes 5th state to sell recreational pot

LAS VEGAS - At the stroke of midnight early Saturday morning, the "Silver State turned green because July 1 was the date Nevada became the fifth state in the U.S. to allow the recreational purchase of marijuana.

In Las Vegas, all of the dispensaries selling recreational pot opened its doors at midnight.  However, the product will only be sold to those 21 years of age or older, and it can only be smoked in the privacy of your home.

Residents and tourists in Las Vegas flocked to the facilities in strip malls, near strip clubs and on the Las Vegas Strip as early as 12:01 a.m.

Ever since buying recreational pot became law in January 2017, Marijuana dispensaries in Nevada have been working overtime to prepare for this moment.  But the question of whether or not there will be enough product to supply the demand still lingers.

Ever since buying recreational pot became law in January 2017, Marijuana dispensaries in Nevada have been working overtime to prepare for this moment.  But the question of whether or not there will be enough product to supply the demand still lingers.  

Especially, since a legal battle over who can transport the marijuana from the growers to the sellers has affected the ability to distribute retail pot.  The fight is with the Independent Alcohol Distributors of Nevada who by law get the first chance to transport pot. 

However, until the matter is worked out, marijuana shops are allowed to sell extra medical marijuana for recreational use.

At a news conference Thursday, lawmakers and marijuana industry leaders seemed upbeat about the roll out.

"We don't see any shortages ever going to happen," said State Sen. Tick Segerblom, D-Las Vegas.

In preparation for the expected flood of sales, dispensaries have been furiously stamping labels on pot products, stocking up their shelves, adding security and checkout stations, and announcing specials.

AOL reports that the Department of Taxation anticipates up to $60 million dollars in tax revenue in just two years.

"I want to tell the world, watch out, this is the new Amsterdam," said State Sen. Segerblom.

Fifty-five percent of Nevada voters approved a ballot initiative to legalize recreational marijuana in November 2016.

California, Massachusetts, and Maine also voted in November to make recreational weed legal, joining Alaska, Oregon, Washington, and Colorado.


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