Marijuana is now officially legal in Nevada for people over the age of 21 after a new law on the drug went into effect Jan. 1.
Back in Nov. 2016, Nevadans voted to legalize marijuana by a nine-point margin, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, despite a $3.5 million effort by billionaire casino magnate Sheldon Adelson to prevent the measure from being passed.
“We’re not done. Now the work begins,” said Joe Brezny, spokesman for the political action committee Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol. “We’ve got to work out the toughest regulations in the country and implement them in a socially responsible manner.”
Although Nevadans are now allowed to possess up to 1 ounce of marijuana and consume it in their own homes, the details of how marijuana will be sold and regulated are still up for deliberation, which means there won't be any marijuana stores like those in Colorado and Oregon in the immediate future.
The Nevada State legislature has until Jan. 1, 2018 to figure out what kind of marijuana industry Nevada will have. But KNTV reports that those details could be figured out within three to eight months.
Until then, although it'll be legal to have marijuana, it's still illegal to sell it.
"That's going to create a black market probably which somebody has to deal with," said Democratic Nevada state Sen. Tick Segerblom.
Jimmy Stracner, spokesman for the opposing PAC Protecting Nevada’s Children, said he hopes the enacts legislation with the children in mind.
“Protecting Nevada’s Children would like to thank all of its supporters for a hard-fought campaign,” Stracner said, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “Even though the voters have spoken and recreational marijuana will now become legal in our state, we hope the 2017 Nevada Legislature will pass regulations that will protect our children.”