LAS VEGAS (AP) — Recreational marijuana becomes legal to buy Saturday in Nevada, but that doesn’t mean anything goes in the place where most people think anything goes.
Officers said they have been preparing for months to enforce the law passed by voters in November. They will focus on keeping stoned drivers off the road but also will crack down on those illegally using pot in public, which carries a $600 fine for a first offense.
Here’s a look at some the rules surrounding Nevada’s next legal vice:
WHERE CAN PEOPLE USE POT?
Only in a private home, including yards and porches. While it may be legal to stroll down parts of the Las Vegas Strip with your favorite adult beverage, don’t think the same applies to lighting up under the neon lights. It’s prohibited in casinos, bars, restaurants, parks, concerts and on any federal property.
The lack of places to light up has led many in the industry to believe edibles will be most popular with tourists, who can eat the goodies almost anywhere without attracting attention, including casino floors where cigarettes are allowed but pot-smoking is not.
WHAT’S THE CHANGE FOR POLICE?
Some departments have been giving officers additional training on determining who might be impaired. The impact of legal pot on crime rates is often debated, but police in Reno said studies show there is clearly an increase in work for law enforcement.
“It changes the dynamics of what we have to enforce and what we don’t in terms of marijuana,” Deputy Reno Police Chief Tom Robinson said. Previously, “police…
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