Nevada's Marijuana Law and the WSOPMarch 2, 2017 1:09 pm
The 2017 World Series of Poker will take place from May 30th to July 17th in Las Vegas, and while its 74 tournament schedule will keep poker enthusiasts from all around the world busy during its 49 day run, visitors will still be looking forward to enjoying the many other entertainments Sin City has to offer.
At the end of 2016, the Silver State also voted in favor of the recreational use of marijuana, and in the process joined around one-quarter of US states which currently permit its use, including Washington, D.C, California, Colorado, and Oregon. Nevertheless, there are some aspects of Nevada’s new marijuana industry that players need to be made aware of before they decide to take advantage of the change in the law.
Firstly, a person needs to be 21 years and older in order to be able to smoke marijuana in Nevada, which is also the same as the state’s gambling and alcohol consumption age. In addition, it is permissible to possess up to one ounce of marijuana, which is equivalent to around 60 joints worth.
On the downside, smoking marijuana in public places is not allowed, be it out on the streets or inside any of the state’s stores, or other commercial outlets in general, including its casinos. While that may change in the future, for now the law is quite clear on this point, and any one caught smoking outside of their own private residence could face a fine of up to $600.
And now one of the biggest drawback of all, there are currently no legal dispensaries operating in the state, therefore no technical way in which a person may get their hands on any weed. One important point to remember, though, is that a person caught carrying marijuana is not allowed to be asked by an officer where he purchased it, and it is advisable that they do not do so, as marijuana possession may not be illegal, but buying it from a place that’s not a dispensary is.