Pot-Limit? How New Vegas Marijuana Laws Might Affect WSOP 2021 – PokerNews.com

September 23, 2021

Attention all ‘high’ rollers!

This year’s World Series of Poker may have its fair share of changes, including both vaccine and mask mandates, but another huge change is coming to the city this fall.

From October, new marijuana legislation will come into effect allowing the recreational use of cannabis in new consumption lounges. These lounges were given the green light back in June, and will go into effect from October 1.

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Nevada Marijuana Law

Cannabis became legal for recreational use in January 2017, with licensed sales beginning later that year. Anyone over the age of 21 may buy one ounce of marijuana or 3.5 grams of concentrate at one time, the same amount an individual is legally allowed to possess at any given time, at state-licensed dispensaries.

However, with marijuana illegal under federal law, it wasn’t possible to consume marijuana products in public or in any of the city’s hotels.

However, that all changed earlier this year after Governor Steve Sisolak signed a bill allowing the operation of consumption lounges. These lounges will allow adults to purchase and consume cannabis products.

“Lounges create a space where cannabis products can be consumed legally,” said Layke Martin, executive director of the Nevada Dispensary Association. “We have many retailers that have been wanting to add lounges to their properties for a while.”

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These alcohol-free venues will be able to obtain one of two types of marijuana business license, one which allows existing retail shops to add consumption lounges to the same property, and a second where lounges can be created for single-use products.

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