State Sen. Tick Segerblom Predicts Huge Tourism Boost For Sin City
Nevada State Sen. Tick Segerblom did not hold back his thoughts.
Witness this quote from him in the Las Vegas Sun on the eve of cannabis dispensaries being able to sell recreational marijuana to the public, which takes effect July 1.
“Everything we know shows that millennials are very pro-marijuana, and that’s the new marketing push,” he said. “This is a game-changer for Las Vegas and tourism here as far as I’m concerned.”
It’s “Amsterdam on steroids,” he added.
It should be pointed out that Segerblom has been a long-time advocate of the legalization of cannabis in Nevada. To him, this is a marketing opportunity to attract even more visitors to Vegas, which is good for the state’s tourism economy.
As many as 60 dispensaries are to be certified in Las Vegas alone to sell cannabis for recreational use. Medical marijuana dispensaries have been operating since Jan. 1. Those will now also operate as recreational cannabis outlets.
Under the law, those who want to buy cannabis in Nevada need to be 21 or over and have a valid ID. They can buy up to an ounce of pot or one-eighth of an ounce of edibles or concentrates.
It will be illegal to consume cannabis in the casinos (and that includes the casino bars and nightclubs), as casinos are under federal law. But with edibles being legalized, that’s a sector many experts feel will comprise the lion’s share of marijuana purchases in Vegas.
Technically, consumption of cannabis is illegal in all public places in Nevada, and that includes the Las Vegas Strip. Enforcement, however, is expected to be light to non-existent, as long as nobody is causing trouble.
Segerblom believes the legalization of recreational use will make Vegas an even more attractive destination for millennials than it is now. And with dozens of its mega nightclubs packed with a couple thousand people almost every night of the week, Vegas is already a pretty popular place among millennials.
“The shows, the gambling, the drinks … now legal pot,” one tourist, who was among the first in line at Las Vegas ReLeaf dispensary just after midnight on July 1 told the Los Angeles Times. “Who wouldn’t want to come visit?”