Legalized marijuana took effect July 1 in Nevada and outside of dispensary sales, it’s provided another boost to the local economy in more revenue for Uber and Lyft drivers, Las Vegas’ KTNV reports.
State regulators predicted 63 percent of the recreational marijuana industry in Nevada would come from tourists, and Keith says that’s got to be right on point, reports KTNV.
Keith’s average trip cost went up from about $12 to $25 in the past few weeks. Not only that, but some of the dispensaries pay him to bring new customers. On average, Keith says he works five hours a day, raking in $300 every time. Something he feels can be life-changing to anyone looking for a job.
Uber doesn’t yet have specific data on the number of marijuana-related trips in Las Vegas, but their safety spokesperson is pleased that their drivers can help prevent marijuana-impaired driving.
“Marijuana impaired driving is 100% preventable,” Uber said in a statement to KTNV. “By providing people with safe ride options, we believe we are empowering people to make better, safer choices. With our technology, we want to help everyone have a safe ride home.”