Marijuana and Gambling a Good Mix for Las Vegas?

Marijuana and Gambling a Good Mix for Las Vegas?

Choosing between Clinton or Trump won’t be the only dilemma voters face on November 8th as Nevada and four other states throw the issue of recreational marijuana onto the ballot.

Whether you call it pot, weed, grass, ganja or Mary Jane, if you been to Vegas you have likely encountered the skunky scent of Mary J wafting down the halls of your hotel so you may be surprised to know that it’s illegal. Does marijuana and gambling go together like peanut butter and jelly? Some say that both offer a natural high, literally, but it is still a drug, or is it?

Half of the country has already legalized the use of medical marijuana. Other states taking the issue to the voting polls include Arizona, California, Maine and Massachusetts. Voters in Cali, where medical marijuana use is already legal, have shown their support for recreational use in a recent poll but where do Nevada voters stand on the issue?

Nevada has a major thorn in its side and he goes by the name of Sheldon Adelson. The same guy who has led an anti-online gambling campaign in the US is also against recreational marijuana use. Funding from the Las Vegas Sands owner could affect public opinion in a major way leading up to election day.

According to the Washington Post“While home to only 2.8 million people, legal weed in Nevada could have outsize national impact due to Las Vegas's draw as a tourism destination -- 40 million visitors per year.”

Last month the Las Vegas Review-Journal revealed the plans of a local political committee, the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, to set aside $800k for advertising on news channels in the weeks leading up to election day.

Where do you stand on the issue of weed and Las Vegas tourism?

“anti-online gambling campaign in the US”

  • Wow think of the impact on the tourist market legal weed could have in Las Vegas! People travel to sin city now for gambling and the spectacle of the city and its casinos, but add legalized recreational cannabis to the mix and you might see even more folks making the pilgrimage to good ole Las Vegas.
  • hey why not people drink and gamble all the time. i am not saying smoke right in the casino but smoke it before you go into play and if it is online then do it in the comfort of your own home your privacy. People do other things and gamble at the same time but where would the pot heads smoke at in there own smoking section lol to each his own. if yo are over 21 then smoke some people have to smoke it, dont bother me none as long as there are no children around or exposed to it then have fun. thanks rose
  • well if its legal like a pack of cigarettes is over the counter in las vegas than it still can only be smoked is certain areas is my opion, like a haku lounge they should have thru out casinos and areas for that smoking of weed to take place.Now does gambling and weed mix depends on the person who smokes it ...Certain people relax and may react to being more mellow,caring of what they are spending and not as careless with their dollars but on the other hand the casino may think the opposite in hopes they are careless with their money when they are stoned playing in the casino.smoking it in the casino I think is not a win situation for anybody as the weed these days is not only is the smell strong but the thc content is vey high compared to 20 years ago and may find a lot more people sleeping in the casinos and other people with contact highs from the smell opion okay to be legal in vegas but only in certain areas like inside of your home,hotelroom,weed lounge[bar] for smoking weed in they say what goes on in vegas stays in vegas so they say..interesting to see the outcome thanks slimshady01
  • I'm not sure how I feel about this. I think a little weed is the least of the worries for police so legalizing recreational use would help avoid a lot of "paperwork". Lighting up some bud and smoking it is hardly comparable to a man made chemical concoction. And right now half the country is legal for medical use not recreational.
  • Haha I love this idea of being handed a spliff at the blackjack table along with my free double whiskey and coke. Seriously how the hell can it be that the creator of the worldwide "war on drugs" now has legal marajuana for recreational purposes in more than half the states?
  • I'm definitely pro medical and recreational marijuana. Dont think it would be cool to allow to smoke weed at the casino floor, however they can make dedicated sections where it can be used :D

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