Nevada’s first few weeks of recreational weed sales have brought in millions of tax dollars, sped up the resolution of the state’s cannabis distribution issue, and gotten a lot of people stoned. But while Sin City tourists are giddy about the ability to buy legal weed minutes from the Las Vegas strip, local medical marijuana patients are complaining of expensive weed pricing them out of the legal market.
According to Las Vegas’ local KTNV News, medical patients in the Silver State are so put off by the price increases that they’re abandoning the legal system all together and turning back to black market dealers to meet their medicinal needs.
For Emily Wilson, a yoga instructor who has used cannabis to quell her pain since a chest surgery left her bedridden, the wonder drug that facilitated her recovery is moving out of reach.
“It changed the whole quality of my life,” Wilson said. “Now our prices have almost doubled in some places.”
The cost of pot has gone up thanks to new taxes and the flood of tourists knocking down dispensary doors since July 1st. If you ask Wilson though, the state’s new open-access industry is driving Nevada’s original legal…