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Nevada reaches $33 million in marijuana sales for August

Sales remain brisk Monday, July 3, 2017, at recreational marijuana establishments across the Las Vegas valley. (Donald Lane/KSNV)

Pot sales in Nevada are soaring. The Silver State took a gamble on recreational marijuana in July and it’s paying off big time.

The numbers prove it. In July, Nevada dispensaries sold $27 million of pot. In August, that number jumped to $33 million.

It’s no surprise to those who work at Las Vegas Releaf near the north end of the Las Vegas Strip.

Lissa Lawatsch is the dispensary’s general manager.

“Most of the demand we’re seeing is for edibles and products you can consume discreetly,” said Lissa Lawatsch.

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State Senator Tick Segerblom says August pot sales in Nevada were double what Colorado and Oregon sold in their second month.

Segerblom is known as the godfather of pot in Nevada.

“It's very seldom when you can actually say, trust me, and it actually turns out the way you said, the way you predicted, and this really is so far,” said Tick Segerblom.

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Sergblom says his concern right now is that only a portion of the tax money generated from the sales is going to schools.

“It is something we're going to have to address in the future,” noted Segerblom.

For now, Nevada is cashing in on something that just four months ago, was illegal. He expects the number of dispensaries in the Las Vegas Valley to double over the next year.

“Very proud of Nevada,” said Segerblom.

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