Nevada is going to launch it’s medical cannabis industry in just a few months. Nevada has had a medical cannabis program for a long time, but dispensaries weren’t approved until recently. One major detail of the recently passed legislation that legalized medical cannabis dispensaries is that Nevada will allow out of state patients to purchase medical cannabis at licensed dispensaries. Nevada of course is a top tourist destination, so this could turn into a very, very lucrative industry.
It’s called “reciprocity,” and only a few other states in the country have it, but to varying degrees. Maine, for example, allows for reciprocity, but requires confirmation from a doctor. And in Rhode Island, it’s legal for out-of-state MMJ patients to possess up to two and a half ounces, but they’re not allowed to purchase marijuana at dispensaries. But Nevada is something of a test case, because their dispensaries will likely target out-of-state MMJ patients as a market.
“You show us your card, you show us your ID, you sign an affidavit, and you can participate in our program,” said state Sen. Richard “Tick” Segerblom, D-Las Vegas, one of the prime sponsors of the measure to establish MMJ dispensaries in the state (Senate Bill 374).
Places like Las Vegas, Lake Tahoe, and Reno are top tourist destinations for people from around the world. Medical cannabis patients from around the world will be allowed to make purchases while on vacation. Imagine what that could work out to for these areas. Imagine what it could potentially do for other parts of Nevada that will now have some extra to offer tourists near their casinos.