Nevada launches sales of recreational marijuana

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Las Vegas - Nevada became the fifth state in the US with stores selling marijuana for recreational purposes, opening a market early on Saturday that is eventually expected to outpace any other in the nation thanks to the millions of tourists who flock to the city.

People began purchasing marijuana shortly after midnight, just months after voters approved legalisation in November and marking the fastest turnaround from the ballot box to retail sales in the country.

Hundreds of people lined up at Essence Cannabis Dispensary on the Las Vegas Strip. People were excited and well-behaved as a lone security guard looked on. A valet was available to park the cars of customers.

A cheer erupted when the doors opened.

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Those 21 and older with a valid ID can buy up to about 28gr of pot. Tourists are expected to make nearly two of every three recreational pot purchases in Nevada, but people can only use the drug in a private home.

It remains illegal to light up in public areas, including the Las Vegas Strip, casinos, bars, restaurants, parks, convention centres and concert halls - places frequently visited by tourists. Violators face a $600 fine.

And driving under the influence of marijuana is still illegal.

Despite the limits on where people can get high and restrictions on where the industry can advertise, dispensaries worked furiously to prepare for the launch. They stamped labels on pot products, stocked up their shelves, added security and checkout stations and announced specials.


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