Nevada voters have approved recreational marijuana, making Nevada the 7th state to legalize recreational marijuana. Nevada joined California and Massachusetts in passing a recreational marijuana measure tonight. At the time of this posting Maine is still too close to call, and Arizona appears to be on its way to a loss.
Nevada is going to be an interesting place to watch moving forward because of how much of a tourism destination it is. How will casinos handle cannabis moving forward? In every other state public consumption is illegal. Will that also be the case for Nevada, even in bars? We will have to wait and see.
I have a lot of friends and family in Nevada, and I can’t wait to go visit them once legalization is in effect. Reno is just a half days drive from where I am in Oregon, and I’d love to see what type of cannabis scene Nevada will have in the near future. Below is a quote from Tom Angell from the Marijuana Majority in regards today’s vote in Nevada:
“Despite scare tactics funded by Sheldon Adelson and other casino interests, Nevadans just took a strong stand for smart marijuana policy. The state now stands to create jobs and generate millions in tax revenue by bringing the existing market for cannabis aboveground.
“Although Adelson’s money was enough to flip longstanding legalization support by the Las Vegas Review-Journal editorial board, he just couldn’t buy the votes of Nevadans who are eager to move beyond decades of failed prohibition policies.
“It’s also important to point out that legal marijuana seems likely to get more votes than either candidate in the presidential and U.S. Senate races. With California also voting for legalization, a huge chunk of the Western U.S. is now legal marijuana territory. And Massachusetts has brought legalization to the East Coast. It’s clearly time for federal law to change.”