A major event in Nevada could change the landscape of recreational marijuana across the United States for the foreseeable future.
Massive lines formed in Nevada on July 1 thanks to one of the biggest events in state history, at least in the minds of residents. Recreational marijuana is now legal in the state, and everyone couldn’t wait to visit a pot dispensary to stock up on the now legal weed.
News reports described workers dressed in scrubs and hair nets attaching labels to sealed jars, while others checked on marijuana plants. Other reports describe lines for pot that stretched around the block.
Nevada decided to join Colorado, Oregon, Washington, and Alaska by allowing people 21 years of age and older to buy the drug, which remains illegal on a federal level but has enjoyed a surge in support for making it legal in certain states.
“On Nov. 8, 2016, Nevada voters passed ballot question 2, which legalized the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana for adults 21 years and older and provides for the retail sale of marijuana,” the Nevada state website says. “It also assigns responsibility to the Department of Taxation for establishing licensing qualifications and procedures, as well as the regulation of marijuana establishments like cultivation facilities, distributors, and retailers. The new law imposes a 15 percent excise tax on marijuana wholesale sales.”