Recreational Marijuana Sales Begin July 1 in Nevada!

Recreational marijuana is coming to Las Vegas on July 1, despite some setbacks in Carson City. A dispute from liquor distributors has caused a judge to freeze license applications for distributors, saying that existing alcohol distributors would be in charge of the new industry.

This has not stopped existing license holders from stocking up to be able to sell on July 1. According Cy Ryan from the Las Vegas Sun, “Dispensaries will be allowed to sell what they have in inventory but won’t be able to restock because of a court ruling that only alcohol wholesalers can be licensed to distribute marijuana for the first 18 months of recreational sales.”

Recreational marijuana and medical marijuana are only differentiated by the tax applied to them. The potency and diversity of strains is the same.

These emergency regulations also limit the shapes of edibles and limits advertising. Happy 7117!

Israel, Canada, Netherlands Lead the World in Cannabis Research

Israel, Canada and The Netherlands are already enjoying the benefits of legalized cannabis research, as money from the U.S. flows into them in the form of investment and consumer capital. Many firms are not allowed to profit from the international transfer of cannabis products, but they are allowed to transfer the knowledge and research.  Continue reading “Israel, Canada, Netherlands Lead the World in Cannabis Research”

How Does Question 1 Affect Cannabis Users?

Background checks are a good thing, right?

Question 1’s background checks for firearms are certainly a step in the right direction, but not if you’re a cannabis user. Because of a federal law, you’ll be denied the right to buy a gun. Question 1 on the Nevada Ballot (Full Text PDF) is about those background checks for gun buyers. It is currently legal for any citizen to transfer a legally purchased firearm to another individual with a voluntary background check done through the State of Nevada’s Central Repository for Records of Criminal History. The new law would require all gun transfers between private citizens to be done through a licensed dealer and include a federal background check through the Brady Bill-mandated National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). Continue reading “How Does Question 1 Affect Cannabis Users?”

Ballot Initiative 2 Extends Civil Liberties, Protects Patient Rights

Some voters in Nevada are misinformed about the rights and privileges that will be extended after a successful day at the polls for ballot initiative #2. First, they fear that legalizing marijuana will take away their right to grow marijuana. Second, they’re concerned about dealing with a bigger bureaucracy when tax time comes around. Third, some folks still believe that marijuana is a dangerous, addictive drug with no medical purpose. I want to dispel these myths.  Continue reading “Ballot Initiative 2 Extends Civil Liberties, Protects Patient Rights”

Rec or Medicinal: Is there room in Vegas for both?

Cannabis flower

Rec or medicinal? It’s the age-old question regarding cannabis usage. Ever since Nevada residents approved the medical use of marijuana back in 2000, the topic has arisen about the stigma of cannabis, and how the gaming board, the state of Nevada and local Las Vegas residents have been shuffling through the bureaucracy for the last 16 years. Local community groups have worked for years trying to make medical marijuana not only an effective “alternative” form of relief but an acceptable one to the constituents of Nevada.  Continue reading “Rec or Medicinal: Is there room in Vegas for both?”