No High Rollers Allowed: Stoned Marijuana Users Cannot Gamble In Nevada

In the grand scheme of American sin, Nevada is the only state in the nation where both bingo tourists and the truly depraved can literally go for broke. It is here that adult citizens have the freedom to blow college funds, engage in a full menu of pay-to-pork activities and even purchase marijuana without relying on a shady street dealer out behind the Bellagio.

To some, especially those folks living by the God-fearing philosophies of the Bible Belt, Nevada is a village of heathens capitalizing on the servants of the devil. But this isn’t exactly true. It seems the state has mustered up enough moral fiber to prohibit stoned cannabis users from going buck wild at the roulette wheel.

It was just last week that the Nevada Gaming Commission amended its rule on gambling-while-intoxicated to include overly enthusiastic consumers of the state’s newly legal cannabis trade. The updated policy prohibits casinos from allowing the super stoned to place bets... or have any fun at all. People who appear “visibly intoxicated,” from cannabis (perhaps blazing red eyes and uncontrollable laughter are two primary indicators) should not be allowed to gamble or consume alcoholic beverages, the five-member commission determined.

"It's not smart to allow impaired people to gamble," Chairman Tony Alamo told Las Vegas FOX-affiliate KVVU. "Previously, we used the words 'intoxication,' and intoxication sometimes gives the feeling of just alcohol ... We want to make it crystal-clear across the board under all regulations that 'impairment' is not just alcohol; it's being impaired by drugs."

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