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Nevada’s Recreational Market Has Been Smooth Sailing

Despite an early spat with liquor distributors, growth has been continuous

The employees at the downtown Las Vegas marijuana store know Mark Galloway by name.

On Thursday afternoon, Galloway was in and out with his purchase in about three minutes, to the delight of his wife, Karen, who waited with the car windows down in the triple-digit heat.

“I never smoke it. I never eat it,” she said of her husband’s marijuana. “I hate the smell.”

For Galloway, marijuana has become more than just a way to get high. The 48-year-old uses the plant to relieve his osteoporosis-afflicted back.

“It numbs the pain,” he said.

He never wanted to see a doctor for a marijuana prescription or go through the process of getting a card. A year and a day ago Sunday, Galloway would’ve had to break the law for a pot purchase.

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Recreational marijuana sales became legal in Nevada on July 1, 2017. In the year that’s passed, cash has flowed, businesses have grown and no major controversies have surfaced.

“I think the most impressive thing is how little change there’s been,” said state Sen. Tick Segerblom, D-Las Vegas, who helped usher in legalization. “There’s been virtually no notoriety, no issues. It’s amazingly smooth.”

Advocates say more work lies ahead to build Nevada’s industry. Opponents, meanwhile, insist on more data to see the societal costs of legal marijuana.

 

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