Legal marijuana sales begin in another state

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Joining Colorado, Oregon, Washington and Alaska, Nevada has now legalized recreational marijuana, and the touristy state will likely outpace the other states in sales.

Marijuana sales at Nevada’s new legal recreational market began Saturday, starting at 12:01 a.m. Adults age 21 and older lined to buy up to an ounce of marijuana, or one-eighth of an ounce in marijuana-infused products.

The retail sales of the once-illegal product will be taxed at 10% . Nevada officials hope the tax will generate $60 million over the next two years.

In a statement, Mason Tvert, communications director for the Marijuana Policy Project, applauded the change, saying adults in Nevada can now purchase marijuana the way they purchase alcohol, “from regulated businesses rather than criminals in the illegal market.” Tvert proclaimed, “Tens of millions of visitors per year from all over the U.S. and around the world will see firsthand that regulating marijuana works.”

 

While the law legalizing marijuana was approved by 55% of Nevada voters in November, many residents disproved of the measure. Twitter users ranged from supportive, to open, to outright disapproving.

Users are only allowed to consume the product in their home, and cannot smoke marijuana in public. There are still restrictions against driving under the influence of the substance, as well.

The federal government still considers marijuana a Schedule I narcotic under the Controlled Substances Act, along with heroin and LSD, although Congress has shown some readiness to re-evaluate it’s prohibition. In 29 states and the District of Columbia, a legal marijuana market exists, while California, Maine and Massachusetts are expected to to allow marijuana sales next year.

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