In the November 2016 election, Nevadans voted to legalize and regulate the sale of cannabis for adult consumption in their state. Nevada's first retail dispensaries opened at midnight on July 1. The Leafly News team was on hand in Las Vegas to cover the action live. Reads one dispatch from a Leafly News correspondent:
There’s a new form of legal entertainment in a city already known for its wide selection of attractions.
Adult-use cannabis was available for purchase in Las Vegas at one minute past midnight July 1, and crowds of locals and tourist gathered outside dispensaries in the city to be some of the first to buy a pre-rolled joint or an ounce of Blue Dream. At A Reef Dispensaries location a short way off the Strip, the atmosphere was festive as Nevada state Sen. Tick Segerblom was first in line to buy recreational product.
Segerblom joked after the sale was final that this wasn’t the same marijuana he grew up with.
“When I was doing this back in the 60s, it didn’t look like this,” he said. “No seeds, no stems, no sticks. This is pure bud.”