First Legal 4/20 in Las Vegas features plenty of cannabis camaraderie


It’s 4/20. Las Vegas style.

For the first time ever, Nevada’s recreational pot users are able to legally celebrate the unofficial weed holiday known as 4/20.

Before NuWu Cannabis Marketplace even opened Friday morning, officials with the dispensary’s tribe report that they started the day with a line of around 100 people.

It’s not just NuWu.

Dispensaries throughout the valley are reporting big business — and not only with out of towners taking advantage of the new recreational use law — but with locals as well.

"It changes lives, it really does. It's more than just a stoners at home getting high on the couch,” said Tracy Carson, who has lived in Las Vegas for more than a decade.

Around lunch time, Charles Beatty from Tempe, Arizona was standing in line at Reef Dispensary.

"My favorite day in the world is 4/20,” said Charles Beatty.

"My birthday is a big day, and that's 4/12 and then 4-20 is the bigger day,” he continued.

The only thing the celebrations across the city were missing? People actually smoking weed.

It’s still illegal to light up in public. It’s also against the law to drive under the influence.

Nevada Highway Patrol Troopers said they would be out looking for high drivers throughout the weekend.

"It alters the chemicals in your brain. It alters your state of mind, so it is impairment,” said Trooper Jason Buratczuk.

Buratczuk says the proof is in a dash camera video from 2017.

A speeding driver, accused of being high on marijuana, slammed into a Trooper’s cruiser on the 215 Beltway.

"It's scary. It's a little disheartening. That really makes the hair on the back of your back stand up,” noted Buratczuk.

Buratczuk says weed has no place on our roadways.

"We're not here to tell people they can't use it. We just want people to use it responsibly,” he continued.

RELATED | AAA offering 'tipsy tow' service on 4/20 in Nevada

To help with that, AAA is offering its "Tipsy Tow" service today. The Auto Club will tow your car home for free on Friday if you are too intoxicated to drive.

AAA Tipsy Tow service will start 4:20 p.m. on Friday, April 20, and continue until 4:20 a.m. April 21.

To take advantage of the service, drivers, passengers, party hosts, bartenders and/or restaurant managers should call 1-800-AAA-HELP (1-800-222-4357) and state that they need a Tipsy Tow.

Drivers should be prepared to provide their name, home address, phone number, location and vehicle description.

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