Nevada Recreational Marijuana Greenlit for Sales on July 1

Nevada Recreational Marijuana Gets Green Light for Sales on July 1

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The partygoers of Sin City will soon be given the opportunity to indulge in recreational marijuana this Saturday. On July 1, 2017, Nevada recreational marijuana sales will commence as dispensaries will have the green light to sell to adults.

This past November, voters approved Question 2, a measure that would legalize recreational marijuana in the state, possibly increasing Nevada’s tourist appeal.

The measure required Nevada to begin selling recreational marijuana by Jan. 1, 2018, but under temporary regulations the Nevada Tax Commission was able to approve sales six months ahead of schedule.

According to the Marijuana Policy Project, as soon as the clock hits 12:01 a.m. in the Silver State, dispensaries will be allowed to sell marijuana to adults 21 and up. Upon presenting a valid ID, customers will be allowed to buy up to one ounce of marijuana or one-eighth of an ounce of edibles or concentrates.

“It’s a no brainer to make it regulated, to tax it, to test it and to let people enjoy it,” said Nevada Sen. Tick Segerblom, as reported by NBC News.

Nevada recreational marijuana sales will have a 10% sales tax on top of the fixed 4.6% sales tax. With the neighboring state of California holding out on recreational sales until 2018, there’s a good chance that Nevada could give Colorado a run for its money and become home to America’s largest marijuana market. Officials estimate that the new sales tax alone should bring in more than $60 million within the first two years.

“I personally think it’s really a game changer,” Segerblom said. “It’s the last vice that’s going to be made legal and when you look at other states, this is final straw where we’ll have something else to sell where people can take advantage of it. I don’t think [the economic impact will last] forever, but it will be a period of time when [tourists] can come here and do something they can’t do back home.”

Though tourists will be able to buy recreational marijuana, the opportunity to partake in it may be overlooked as advertisements are prohibited in areas that are mildly populated with people under the age of 21.

Those headed to Nevada for recreational marijuana shouldn’t expect to light up in public. The drug is only legal to smoke in private residences.

“Tens of millions of visitors per year from all over the U.S. and around the world will see firsthand that regulating marijuana works. What happens in Vegas will stay in Vegas, but what is learned about marijuana in Vegas will be shared with everyone back home,” said Mason Tvert, director of communications for the Marijuana Policy Project 

Nevada will be the fourth state to allow recreational marijuana sales, joining Colorado, Alaska, Washington and Oregon. Recreational marijuana is legal in Washington, D.C., but the district has yet to tax and regulate the market.

Amanda Taylor is the editorial assistant for Marijuana Industry News. She earned a BA in English and an MA in Writing from Coastal Carolina University.

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