Legal recreational marijuana sales begin in Nevada

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Minnesota resident Edgar Rosas Lorenzo on Saturday flew with his family to Sin City for a wedding.

Crowds gathered just before midnight Friday outside Nevada's first marijuana dispensaries as recreational pot became legal in the state.

Under Nevada's new law, adults 21 and older can purchase up to one ounce (28 grams) of marijuana or up to one-eighth ounce of marijuana concentrates per day.

But because possession of marijuana, in the eyes of the federal government, is still a crime it will still be forbidden at Nevada resorts, including casino-hotels.

Mark and Anna are the first to say they’re far from a traditional couple. Instead of wedding flowers he sported some bud for a corsage
Mark and Anna are the first to say they’re far from a traditional couple. Instead of wedding flowers he sported some bud for a corsage

Customers line up outside Essence Vegas Cannabis Dispensary as they wait for the midnight start of recreational marijuana sales to begin on June 30, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. State Sen. Tick Segerblom, one of the main proponents of marijuana legalization in Nevada, made the first purchase at the shop in a strip mall.

Nevada, which voted to approve marijuana legalization in November, joins Colorado, Oregon, Washington and Alaska in permitting the sale of the drug for personal recreational use.

The millions of tourists who visit Las Vegas and other Nevada cities every year are expected to make almost two of every three pot purchases.

Around 60 percent of the recreational marijuana sales is expected to come from tourists. "The shows, the gambling, the drinks ... now legal pot", a 26-year-old visitor from Chicago who bought marijuana at a dispensary a block away from the Strip told the Los Angeles Times.

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