Despite seemingly contradictory stances from the White House and Attorney General, the cannabis industry has been forging ahead, especially in the Silver State. Check out the latest news about recreational marijuana in Nevada.
In November, Nevada became one of the eight “purple” states when recreational marijuana was voted into law. Since then, lawmakers, lobbyists, and advocates have all been working to make the first recreational weed sales happen in Nevada by July 1st.
With support from the community, local politicians, advocates, and leaders of industries like the gaming community, the cannabis industry in Nevada has a surprising amount of support propelling its success. During a joint meeting of the Senate committees on judiciary and the Nevada Assembly two weeks ago, state representatives confirmed the state was working to ensure retail sales of recreational marijuana will begin on July 1, 2017, as was promised to voters.
Recreational sales in Nevada were solidified last Monday when the state tax board passed Nevada’s recreational “early start” program, which would allow licensed medical marijuana dispensaries that are in “good standing,” like Las Vegas ReLeaf, to begin selling recreational marijuana to adults over the age of 21 in July.
With the passing of the rules, medically licensed marijuana dispensaries grow, and businesses have from today until to May 31 to complete and submit their applications to sell recreational marijuana. The licenses would be good for six months as the state observes the efficacy of their temporary measures and solidifies its official recreational marijuana program, which is slated to begin January 2018.
The rules, which have been lauded almost universally by advocates for the cannabis industry are expected to help the state bring in an estimated $70 million dollars of revenue from recreational marijuana sales alone. To ensure that happens, several other bills are floating around state committees aimed at giving recreational marijuana users, especially tourists, somewhere to smoke their weed.
Last week, the state Assembly held its first meeting regarding Bill 236, which was passed by the State Senate. The bill essentially establishes a legal framework for private marijuana lounges and events that are 420 friendly. The language of the law “requires a license or permit issued by a local government to operate certain businesses in which the use of marijuana is allowed or to allow the use of marijuana at certain events.”
Lawmakers are still finalizing their recommendations and details on how marijuana lounges will function in Southern Nevada, but it looks like the state is on the fast track to becoming the first state to allow regulated weed social clubs. Which, for the 43.9 million who visited in us 2016 is great news; even lawmakers suggested the lounges as a “haven” solution for tourists, that will keep them from bringing marijuana into casino property and prevent legal issues with the federal government.
At Las Vegas ReLeaf, we want to make sure you’re safe whenever and wherever you medicate. Check back to our blog every week to stay on top of the most recent legal updates on recreational and medical marijuana use in Nevada!