Saturday, July 1, 2017

Legal Recreational Pot Sales Begin In Nevada


Nevada became the fifth state to begin legal sales of recreational marijuana today.

People began buying pot early Saturday, just months after voters approved legalization in November. It's the fastest turnaround from the ballot box to retail sales in the nation.

Those 21 and older with a valid ID can buy up to an ounce of pot. The millions of tourists who visit Las Vegas and other Nevada cities every year are expected to make nearly two of every three pot purchases.

People can only use marijuana in a private home. It remains illegal to light up in public places, including casinos, bars, convention centers, restaurants, parks and concert halls.

Edible marijuana products, such as brownies and gummies, will be on sale as well, and they are expected to be extremely popular with tourists because they offer a more discrete way of consuming marijuana.

That being said, tourists can't take it back home as it's illegal to cross state lines with marijuana. And it's illegal to mail it through the U.S. Postal Service.

Much like alcohol, you can carry it around or drive with it in your car, but driving stoned is still very much against the law. Not even passengers can smoke or consume marijuana in a vehicle under Nevada law.

A marijuana DUI could land you a fine of up to $1,000, a suspended license and even jail time.

Nevada joins Colorado, Oregon, Washington and Alaska as the only U.S. states to regulate and tax legal marijuana.

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