Experimenting with weed in the "laboratory of democracy" that is Nevada

In 2000, the citizens of Nevada voted to approve the use of medical marijuana. In order to do so, they had to amend the Nevada constitution!  In order to amend the constitution, they had to go to the polls on two consecutive elections-- 1998 and 2000-- and answer "Yes" on Question 9!

And on election night of 2016-- after two failed attempts in '02 and '06-- the citizens of Nevada passed a law that made the "recreational" use of marijuana legal for those 21 and older.

We are reminded of a quote from Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis:


"It is one of the happy incidents of the federal system that a single courageous State may, if its citizens choose, serve as a laboratory; and try novel social and economic experiments without risk to the rest of the country."
-- New State Ice Co. v. Liebmann, 1932
Happy, indeed!

Adult Las Vegans-- and those adults who visit Las Vegas-- will now be able to stroll, stumble or roll into any of a number of heavily regulated marijuana dispensaries and purchase cannabis products without fear of prosecution or imprisonment-- as long as they adhere to a few simple and reasonable rules.

Las Vegas will never be the same again. The city and the "single courageous state" of Nevada will be awash in cash. The citizens will be free to use, or not use, cannabis. Visitors will be free to use, or not use, cannabis. The feds will be giving NV (and a bunch of other states the stinkeye. And the culture of Las Vegas will probably change and quickly. 

Vegas, some folks say, will "Out-Amsterdam Amsterdam." (And they say it like its a good thing!) Time will tell!

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