Nevada has become the 5th state in the U.S. to join the trend of legalizing a medicinal plant for purchase without a prescription.
At midnight of the morning of July 1, recreational marijuana officially became legal in Nevada as dispensaries opened to give the public what they asked for.
Hundreds of Nevada residents stood in line, waiting for the doors to open so that they could be the very first to buy the herb legally in the state. Adults age 21 and older will be able to buy up to an ounce of marijuana, or one-eighth of an ounce in marijuana-infused edibles and concentrates, reported USA Today
Unfortunately, the plant is still illegal, even as medication, on a federal level. This oppressive decision on a federal level forces dispensaries to deal only in cash.
Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval budgeted for $69 million in revenue from the industry in the next two years. Money from the 15% cultivation tax on all marijuana product in the state will go toward schools, and the 10% tax collected from recreational marijuana upon sale will go toward the state’s rainy day fund.
Nevada joins Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington in regulating legal marijuana sales. California, Maine and Massachusetts are expected to join next year.
(Article By Jeremiah Jones)