The state of Nevada legalized medical marijuana 15 years ago, but the first medical marijuana storefront opened August 24. Although many states such as California require proof of residency, some states like Nevada are embracing tourism which is crucial the state economy.
Darlene Purdy is managing director of Euphoria Wellness in Las Vegas. “Patients are so happy,” Purdy told Travel Weekly. “Some people have been waiting 15 years for this.” Purdy says as long as any patient has a government-issued ID and a valid card, she welcomes them into her store, even if they’re a tourist.
Las Vegas drew in a record of 41.1 million people in 2014. Senator Tick Segerblom supported medical marijuana in Nevada. “I haven’t heard of anything negative,” he said. “It took 15 years to get here, but there hasn’t been one peep of the sky is falling. Everybody is on board with this thing.” Recreational marijuana will be an option for the November 2016 ballot in Nevada. “We have 40 million people a year,” he said. “If 10% of those people went to a dispensary, watch out… Let’s regulate it, let’s tax it,” Segerblom added. “We’re known as the place you go to do things that you can’t do elsewhere, so why not smoke a little pot, too?”
Will casinos in Las Vegas sell medical marijuana anytime soon? Not likely. The Gaming Control Board in Nevada said last year “… unless the federal law is changed, the Board does not believe investment or any other involvement in a medical marijuana facility or establishment by a person who has received a gaming approval or has applied for a gaming approval is consistent with the effective regulation of gaming.”
Out-of-state residency is illegal in California, however, it’s purportedly not observed everywhere- think Venice Beach. Nevada is blazing the way for states to allow out-of-state medical marijuana patients.