In a legal snafu, those stores may sell the marijuana they have in stock for recreational use, but may not resupply their inventory and sell the new stuff to non-medical users. Their stock may run out as early as August, leaving recreational users without a place to buy their legal bud.
But visitors might have tough times finding the drug in stores.
Alcohol wholesalers have the exclusive rights to move recreational marijuana from growers to retailers in Nevada, as part of a temporary court order that was extended by a Carson City district judge in June. Nevada intends to appeal the order, so that the state’s medical marijuana dispensaries can obtain pot distribution licenses, according to the Associated Press.
Nevada is the only state with legalized marijuana that has such an arrangement.
In addition to Nevada, voters in Colorado, Washington, Alaska, Oregon, California, Maine, Massachusetts, and the District of Columbia have legalized recreational use of the drug.
Sales of recreational marijuana kick off in Nevada on Saturday, July 1, and the state is expecting on onslaught of tourists coming to sample the local merchandise.
State regulators have issued the licenses necessary to 37 retail outlets in Las Vegas and unincorporated Clark County, as of June 29, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.
It became legal to possess up to an ounce of pot in Nevada and use it in private residences on January 1. Before then, residents needed a medical card to shop at dispensaries.
Anyone who is 21 and over with a valid ID can buy up to an ounce of pot (or one-eighth of an ounce of edibles or concentrates) from one of several medical marijuana dispensaries that have been approved for recreational sales.
Recreational marijuana is coming to Las Vegas and beyond.
Hydroponic cannabis bud resting on a pile of coins. (Photo: Getty Images)
What about driving?
What do you need to buy pot?
Consider that strains in the “sativa” family are usually more stimulating and make you more engaged. Gilbert recommended OG Kush and Gorilla Glue #4. Strains in the “indica” family are more relaxing and make you more withdrawn. Gilbert recommended Alien Dog and Cadillac Purple. There are also hybrid strains, which give you a mild effect of both indica and sativa.
Will your marijuana purchases be tracked by the government?
On July 1, recreational marijuana will be available in select dispensaries in both Northern and Southern Nevada, and an expected green rush is expected to follow.
What kind of marijuana should you buy?
Four marijuana dispensaries in Reno have received approval from city officials to sell recreational marijuana, but they are still awaiting licenses from the state. Those dispensaries include:
Where can you buy recreational pot on July 1?
If you plan to buy recreational marijuana on or after July 1 in Nevada, keep these regulations in mind.