Article by Ryan Perry, Daily Mail
The doors swung open at the stroke of midnight and the first of thousands of customers poured in – all eager to be part of history.
At 12.01am Saturday, Nevada became the fifth state in the US to make selling recreational marijuana legal and fans of the drug came out in force.
Party town Las Vegas will be the biggest winner from the new legislation with a huge tax windfall of up to $60million predicted for the first two years.
Millions of tourists visiting Sin City are expected to make nearly two of every three purchases from marijuana retailers.
Some in the industry have said Vegas – which attracts more than 42 million tourists annually – will become the ‘mecca for marijuana’ overtaking the likes of Amsterdam in Holland as the world capital of cannabis.
Anyone aged 21 or over can now buy up to an ounce of pot at a time in Nevada – joining Colorado, Oregon, Washington and Alaska in changing the law.
Customers can only use the marijuana they buy in the privacy of their own home though, with a $600 fine still in place for those caught smoking pot in public or while driving a vehicle.
More than 500 people lined up outside the Euphoria Wellness dispensary in Enterprise, on the outskirts of Las Vegas, and cheers erupted as the doors opened.
First in line was Zachary Miyasato and his wife Denise who had waited for three hours to buy some pot.
Zachary, 38, a medical marijuana agent, admitted he had driven by the dispensary at 9am and again at 12.30pm, just in case the line had already started.
He said: ‘I love to smoke cannabis and relax. This is great for the city, it’ll bring a lot of money, it’s definitely good for me.’