Independence Day came early in Nevada. On July 1, tourists and locals joined together to celebrate a new kind of freedom: the end of cannabis prohibition. It was a historic day, marked with jovial tomfoolery and a few bittersweet moments.
The line to enter Essence Cannabis Dispensary (5765 W. Tropicana Ave.) stretched beyond the shade of two tents. Ubers brought tourists from the Strip, and security guards passed out water on this blast-furnace afternoon. Stephen T., a 26-year-old Long Island commodities broker, sang a snippet of the Snoop Dogg classic “Smoke Weed Everyday.” His group flashed wads of cash, stocking up before hitting the clubs.