On July 1st, 2017, Nevada became the fifth state to legalize recreational marijuana. Since then, plenty of places have cropped up where tourists and locals alike can procure pot – the problem is, there aren’t many places to legally smoke it.
Adults over the age of 21 can buy up to an ounce of flower or an eighth-ounce of concentrate, but it can only be consumed on private property with owner permission, presenting a problem for tourists who stay on the Strip in Las Vegas or in Reno. Because the plant and its derivatives are still banned by the federal government, classified as a narcotic akin to cocaine or heroin, hotels-casinos can’t openly allow it without risking their gaming licenses.
“Visitors consume at their own risk when it comes to breaking the law about public consumption,” says Scot Rutledge, who worked on the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol campaign, which put it on the ballot in 2016. “[But] given [that] people have been smoking in public in Las Vegas for years, it is possible to be discreet.”