The local cannabis aficionado’s favorite time isn’t 4:20 anymore: Now, it’s January 1, 2017. On that date, it will become legal for adults 21 and over to possess up to one ounce of marijuana in Nevada, thanks to the passage of Question 2 this November.
Of course, you won’t be able to do the full-tilt Ralph Steadman boogie down the Las Vegas Strip as soon as the clock strikes midnight: Public consumption is prohibited, and that includes casino hotel rooms. And while you can have it, the state has yet to hammer out precisely how you’ll get it.
But once the details are delineated, it’s going to roll out big. Colorado saw an uptick in tourism, and we’ll likely see an even bigger one, as conventions expand and events spring up. New businesses, from local startups to out-of-state franchises, are moving in; billions of dollars will create thousands of jobs, from CEOs to security guards. Will Las Vegas become the American Amsterdam, as some claim? It remains to be seen. But one thing that is certain: Sin City is about to open up one hell of a new buffet.