Vegas ’Bout to Be Lit—With the Sticky Icky. Nev. Legalizes Recreational Marijuana Today

Essence Vegas CEO Armen Yemenidjian (left) high-fives employees at Essence Vegas Cannabis Dispensary as they get ready for the midnight start of recreational marijuana sales on June 30, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Essence Vegas CEO Armen Yemenidjian (left) high-fives employees at Essence Vegas Cannabis Dispensary as they get ready for the midnight start of recreational marijuana sales on June 30, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Just when you thought Vegas couldn’t get any better, it just goes ahead and keeps the party at 1,000. For the state that already has legalized prostitution and gambling, the legalization of cannabis might just make it a debaucher’s dream.

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At midnight on Saturday, two marijuana dispensaries in Reno, Nev., became two of the first sites in the state to sell recreational marijuana. Essence Vegas Cannabis Dispensary did the same in Las Vegas.

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USA Today reports that hundreds of Nevadans stood in line, waiting for the doors to open so that they could be the very first to buy the sticky icky legally in the state.

Adults ages 21 and older will be able to buy up to an ounce of marijuana, or one-eighth of an ounce in marijuana-infused edibles and concentrates, according to MarketWatch.

Reports estimate that the cannabis industry will bring in $60 million in tax revenue over the next two years, and Nevada voters in November earmarked the tax money collected to be put into Nevada schools.

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Nevada joins Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington state in regulating legal marijuana sales. California, Maine and Massachusetts are expected to join next year.

We predict the lines for those Vegas buffets are going to be even longer soon enough.

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Read more at USA Today and MarketWatch.

Ms. Bronner Helm is the Senior Editorial Director at Colorlines. Mouthy Black Girl. Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Fellow. Shea Butter Feminist. Virgo Sun, Aries Moon.

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DISCUSSION

I ger the lighthearted headline, but if I might be That Guy for a moment, this topic is really serious for me. Medical marijuana has been a godsend for my PTSD. Even though I live in california where it has been legal for 20 years, I couldn’t try it because i was in the military. So I suffered needlessly for about two years until I was out and wouldn’t get busted for it. I made it, but I strongly believe that many of my brothers’ suicides could have been prevented if this wasn’t still considered a schedule 1 drug. All 50 states could legalize recreatiomal, but if things don’t change on the federal level, then necessary studies won’t get done. And opioid deaths will continue to increase.

Again, apologies for being That Guy.