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.

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.


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.


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.

Read more at USA Today and MarketWatch.

Ms. Bronner Helm is a Contributing Editor at The Root. Mouthy Black Girl. Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Fellow. Shea Butter Feminist. Virgo Sun, Aries Moon.

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