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A simple guide to buying marijuana in Las Vegas this weekend

Here’s all you need to know about buying weed in Sin City

By Brendan Bures
July 9, 2017 3:59PM (UTC)

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This article originally appeared on The Fresh Toast.

You are officially able to purchase recreational marijuana in Las Vegas as of July 1, though the road getting here wasn’t so smooth. Vegas just performed the fastest turnaround from legalization to sales in states that have approved recreational cannabis. The move was made to increase Nevada’s potential tax revenue created by marijuana sales, though tensions over distribution rights almost stalled the July 1 kickoff date.

Thanks to the 45 million annual tourists visiting Las Vegas from out of town, some are predicting that Nevada will soon outpace Colorado and Washington — states where legalization has long been the case — in sales. It remains imperative to note: Though this is Sin City we’re discussing, rules still govern the proceedings. Marijuana remains federally illegal and that causes some complications for those looking to enjoy some fresh bud.

Here’s what you should know.

How to purchase

Many brick-and-mortar dispensaries who previously sold medicinal cannabis require approval before selling marijuana recreationally. The Associated Press reports 17 stores have already been approved and there could be upwards of 40 places available to buy cannabis. Dispensaries aren’t wasting a second either, as The Las Vegas Sun writes at least 15 dispensaries will open at 12:01 a.m. on July 1.

Those interested who are at least 21 years of age with valid ID can buy up to an ounce of weed and an eighth of an ounce of edibles or concentrates.

Where to consume

Nevada residents have been legally able to smoke in their private homes since January 1. That will still be the case. However, it’s important to remember it’s still illegal to light up in public. That means no public parks, moving vehicles, hotels, or casinos (more on those last two in a second).

While drinking alcohol outdoors on the Strip is allowed depending on who you ask — it is technically illegal but not generally enforced — there is no indication how marijuana will be handled. Generally, it remains a bad idea. Why? Because consuming marijuana in public can lead to a $600 ticket.

What’s the deal with hotels and casinos

Casinos are often establishments riddled with vices. Booze and clouds of smoke hang in the air. Despite the recent changes in state law, those smoke clouds still won’t be from cannabis. That’s because casinos and hotels operate under federal law and, in case you forgot, marijuana remains federally illegal.

This has led some to speculate the popularity of tinctures and edibles, as tourists can discreetly consume those products without suffering consequences. If those products are new to you, be cautious. Edibles can take up to two hours until kicking in. Don’t be like Maureen Dowd.

Where To Purchase Stores will hold kickoff parties and the like in honor of recreational legalization. You can find most of that information on the stores websites and social media pages. For a full list of where and when to buy recreational marijuana July 1, check here.

Here’s all you need to know about buying weed in Sin City

Where to Buy Weed in Las Vegas

In 2017, the state of Nevada passed one of the most progressive marijuana laws in the country. They now allow marijuana use for both medicinal and recreational purposes. Since 2017, the number of marijuana dispensaries has increased significantly. We’re going to show you how and where to get weed in Las Vegas.

The Legislation

Medicinal marijuana was legalized in 2000. However, weed for recreational use only became legal in 2017. Now, anyone over the age of 21 can purchase weed from a dispensary. All we need to do is provide some form of identification, such as an ID, a driver’s license, or a passport. In order to buy something from the shop, our ID needs to be valid and up to date.

Smoking weed in public places, such as bars, hotels, or boardwalks, is still illegal. Furthermore, driving while under the influence is an offense punishable by jail time. We can get a $400 fine and two days in jail for a first offense. We would advise against talking to dealers or buying weed on the Strip — undercover cops tend to patrol around the Downtown area or the Strip.

Finally, Nevada citizens can cultivate up to 12 cannabis plants. However, they can only get permission to grow the plants if they live more than 25 miles from a dispensary.

Where to Get Weed in Las Vegas

We no longer have to worry about finding a reliable dealer or getting in trouble when we want to buy a few grams of weed. There are many shops where we can buy it legally. Let’s take a look at some of the best spots to buy weed in Las Vegas.

1. Licensed Dispensaries

Over 40 dispensaries have opened in Las Vegas since the legalization of cannabis for recreational use in 2017. There is a difference between medical and recreational dispensaries. Medical marijuana cardholders can buy marijuana anywhere. However, if we don’t have a medical card, we have to go to a recreational dispensary.

Furthermore, there are many cannabis tours we can sign up for. The tour guides will take us to visit some of the shops, and we can stop and buy whatever we want. Moreover, weed in these dispensaries is always high-quality. We can buy cannabis-based products there as well. Depending on where and what we want to buy, the average price is $15 per gram.

2. Delivery Services

We recommend ordering online only from authorized sellers. Scammers have recently started using websites, such as Craigslist, in an attempt to sell questionable products. If the seller doesn’t ask us for an ID or a medical marijuana card, it usually means the weed wasn’t sourced legally.

3. Cannabis Lounges

There are only a few spots in Las Vegas where we can actually smoke weed. However, in a new pilot program, Nevada has opened three consumption lounges in Las Vegas. They plan on opening many more in the near future. More and more hotels are also trying to get a license to open a marijuana lounge. For now, we recommend not smoking in hotel rooms or bars.

Where to Buy Weed in Las Vegas In 2017, the state of Nevada passed one of the most progressive marijuana laws in the country. They now allow marijuana use for both medicinal and recreational