Richard Vogel / AP
Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017 | 2 a.m.
News that recreational marijuana sales could begin in Los Angeles as early as next month was greeted warmly by leaders in Nevada’s weed industry on Wednesday.
Legal recreational sales in L.A. would more likely benefit the pot industry here than hurt it, advocates said.
“It’s mostly positive. We’ve heard from a lot of people who hadn’t used cannabis for 20 years, 40 years since college. But now that it’s legal, they’re giving it a shot again,” said Andrew Jolley, president of the Nevada Dispensary Association and owner of The+Source dispensary in Las Vegas and Henderson. “There are millions of those people in California, so if they reengage with cannabis in California, there’s a greater chance they’ll buy products when they’re in Nevada.”
The Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to legalize recreational pot sales starting Jan. 1, more than one year after California residents approved Proposition 64, an initiative to permit recreational use. Similar to Nevada, governments of individual counties and municipalities in California must also approve ordinances for recreational pot sales to begin in local jurisdictions.
About 27 percent of Las Vegas’ 42.9 million annual tourists are from Southern California, according to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. Both Jolley and owner Armen Yemenidjian of Essence Cannabis Dispensary said at least 10 to 15 percent of their combined medical and recreational marijuana customers also hail from there.
California’s large illegal market for pot has made the plant easily available for decades, Yemenidjian said. Those who wish to