Nevada has become the fifth state in the US selling marijuana for recreational purposes, opening a market that is expected to outpace any other in the nation, thanks to the millions of tourists who flock to Las Vegas.
People began purchasing marijuana in the state shortly after midnight on Saturday. Voters approved legalization in November, making Nevada’s the fastest turnaround from the ballot box to retail sales in the US.
The state joins Colorado, Oregon, Washington and Alaska in allowing adults to buy a drug that is still banned by the FG. More than 100 people were in line at the Source dispensary, at a Las Vegas-area strip mall on Saturday morning.
State senator Tick Segerblom, one of the main proponents of marijuana legalization in Nevada, made the first purchase. A cheer erupted when the doors opened. Those 21 and older with a valid ID can buy up to 1oz of pot.
Tourists are expected to make nearly two of every three recreational purchases in Nevada, but people can only use the drug in a private home. It remains illegal to light up in public areas. Violators face a $600 fine. Driving under the influence of marijuana is still illegal.