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Recreational marijuana approved in Nevada: When and where can people smoke?

Posted at 8:00 PM, Nov 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-10 08:49:34-05

Nevada brought in new leaders and enacted new laws Tuesday, including legalizing recreational marijuana.

Where and when can you smoke without getting in trouble?

On Jan. 1, 2017, people 21 and older will be able to possess and consume up to an ounce of marijuana. Having a place to get it will take longer.

Matthew Gardiner, the vice president of Shango Cannabis, says it could be anywhere from 3 to 8 months or more before the state irons out how to regulate this new industry. Until then, a person can't legally buy pot for recreational use at a dispensary.

Once someone does get their hands on the stuff, smoking will only be allowed indoors at private homes. There won't be any smoking in casinos or hotel rooms, and there's no crossing over state lines with it.

Supporters see that last one as a major opportunity for tourism. They expect there to eventually be lounges and even boutique hotels where smokers can go to light up.

"This is something that will bring in new tourists and hopefully revive some older properties that are on the outskirts or some of these motels that are closed down," said Joe Brezny with Yes on 2.

The state has a year to work out how to regulate this new marijuana beast.

Once the regulations are set and dispensaries can start selling, that's when the tax dollars start rolling in.