Sin City has always had a reputation for the ‘anything goes’ mentality. Whether it’s 24 hour alcohol, gourmet buffets or the never ending shimmer of electric lights, Las Vegas has always been a place of indulgence. When marijuana started going legal around the US, it was just obvious that weed would be coming to Vegas. Now upon us. recreational sales began in Las Vegas and throughout Nevada last week.
Thirty-seven dispensaries got the green light to start dispensing recreational cannabis. There was some controversy over a judge’s decision to grant a preliminary injunction to put off marijuana sales at the request of the Independent Alcohol Distributors of Nevada. The Alcohol lobby group asked for an 18 month delay in order to give them first dibs at fulfilling the needs of the new recreational cannabis industry, as was written into the law. Fortunately, despite the injunction, recreational marijuana was allowed to be dispensed while the courts figure out how to proceed.
Projected sales are hard to guess, however, many are anticipating a shift from places like Denver to Las Vegas as the new marijuana capitol. There are plenty of rules in place, like no public consumption, however, Las Vegas has already shown its willingness to buck the federal government and move forward with a plan to implement pot clubs. It will take the state some time to work out the kinks that follow legalization, but the party is finally here. Maybe now’s the time to plan that Vegas trip you’ve been talking about all year.
Cory Hughes is a former police officer turned cannabis cultivator and writer. After years of being on the wrong side of the law, Cory decided to hang up his badge and gun and move into an industry that truly has the potential of bringing people together. He has been an active part of the Colorado cannabis culture and has worked as a horticulturist in dozens of licensed grow operations. Cory now looks to share his knowledge of cultivation and horticulture with the world.