By Derrick Stanley
It will be legal for adults in Nevada to use and possess marijuana at the start of 2017, but there will be no place to legally buy it for most citizens.
Some, including state Sen. Tick Segerblom, D-Las Vegas, are concerned that Nevadans will turn to the black market to buy the legal substance.
“I can own an ounce, and the cops can’t do anything to me. But I can’t buy an ounce, so where am I gonna buy it?” Segerblom, a marijuana legalization advocate, said Thursday.
Question 2 passed on Election Day, so adults will be allowed to possess up to announce of pot or one eighth ounce of marijuana concentrate as of January 1. But there is not yet an answer to the question of when retail stores will be able to sell marijuana to adults without a medical marijuana card.
“If you have a situation where it’s legal to possess and use marijuana, but there’s no legal mechanism to purchase it, you are creating a bigger black market by definition,” said Andrew Jolley, co-owner of medical marijuana company The+Source. “The sooner we can allow retail sales, the better the outcome for the community, and the faster the transition away from the black market to the regulated market.”
The taxation department appears on board with getting things rolling before its 2018 deadline.