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Nevada’s Second Largest City to Begin Cannabis Sales This Week

Las Vegas’s most populous suburb will allow the sales of adult-use cannabis beginning Friday, following a vote by the Henderson City Council on Tuesday to approve the applications of five adult-use marijuana dispensaries.

Beginning at 8 a.m. Friday, the five dispensaries will be able to begin selling recreational cannabis legally. The development comes three months after the state began allowing adult-use cannabis sales, after considerable back-and-forth between city officials and cannabis advocates.


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The five dispensaries awarded licenses were The Source, Essence Cannabis Dispensary, Nevada Medical Marijuana, Jenny’s Dispensary, and The Dispensary.

Henderson, located about 16 miles southeast of Las Vegas, is Nevada’s second largest city, with a population of just under 300,000.

On Jan. 1 of this year, Nevada legalized up to one ounce of cannabis flower or up to an eighth of an ounce of THC concentrates by adults over 21 following the passage of Ballot Question 2 in November’s election.


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Legal sales kicked off in the state on July 1, but Henderson enacted a six-month moratorium back in February that was set to expire in August. It was then extended through last month.

As a condition of approving the local licenses, the Las Vegas Sun reports, City Councilman Dan Shaw requested that the five approved dispensaries secure banking services within the next six months so its easier for the city to track and receive tax payments.


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Nevada Starts Strong With $27 Million in First Month Sales

Look out, Washington and Colorado: There may be a new American cannabis king. New data released by the Nevada Department of Taxation indicates that Nevada more than doubled both Colorado and Washington’s first month of adult-use cannabis sales.

Nevada recorded just over $27 million in cannabis sales in July, the state’s first month of business, which generated $3.68 million in tax revenue.


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The Department of Taxation also reported that license and application fees paid by cannabis businesses have, to date, generated $6.5 million in state revenue.

That revenue, along with a 15% excise tax on wholesale cannabis sales, goes to public schools, after administrative costs are taken out.


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The state also realized $2.71 million from a 10% retail cannabis tax. That revenue goes into a “rainy day fund” which is expected to generate around $63.5 million in the next two years.

Washington State’s first month and a half of cannabis sales totaled just under $3.5 million dollars, due to restricted supply. The state didn’t hit at least $27 million in a single month until the 10th month of recreational cannabis sales.


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Colorado recorded $14,368,620 in its first month of adult-use cannabis sales back in January 2014.

Las Vegas Cannabis Lab Suspended

Sometimes it’s not good to be first, and for G3 Labs LLC in Las Vegas, they certainly shouldn’t be happy with being the first cannabis industry company to get its license suspended in Nevada, just over two months after adult-use cannabis sales began.

As first reported by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the Nevada Department of Taxation suspended the license of G3 Labs at 3220 Procyon St., on Aug. 24.


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Taxation Department spokeswoman Stephanie Klapstein told the Review-Journal that the remaining cannabis at the lab was tested and no products will need to be recalled. Klapstein didn’t go into further detail about why the lab was suspended.

“Based on all the information we’ve gathered through the investigation, we’re working with the licensee to address the issues and get them back into compliance,” Klapstein told the Review-Journal.


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She added that G3 Labs can get its license back as long as it fixes the current issues that led to the suspension.

In Nevada, state law requires cannabis companies to have samples of their products tested by licensed independent laboratories.

Labs screen for anything from toxic metals, fungi and pesticides, as well as potency of each product. In Nevada, labs test for different things in different cannabis products. Here is what they test for in cannabis flower, concentrates, and edibles:

Usable marijuana          

  • Moisture content
  • Potency analysis
  • Terpene analysis
  • Foreign matter inspection
  • Microbial screening
  • Mycotoxin screening
  • Heavy metal screening
  • Pesticide residue analysis


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Extract of marijuana (solvent-based) made with a CO2 extractor

  • Potency analysis
  • Terpene analysis
  • Microbial screening

Extract of marijuana (solvent-based) made using n-butane, isobutane, propane, heptane, or other solvents or gases approved by the Division of at least 99 percent purity 

  • Potency analysis
  • Terpene analysis
  • Residual solvent test
  • Microbial screening

Edible and liquid marijuana-infused product

  • Potency analysis
  • Terpene analysis
  • Microbial screening


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Leafly List: The Best Cannabis Dispensaries in Nevada, Fall 2017


Fall 2017

The Leafly List ranks the top dispensaries and retail stores in each of the major North American cannabis markets every quarter. This region-specific version is designed to provide helpful, community-based information for cannabis consumers looking for the most relevant dispensaries in Nevada. It highlights the most talked-about locations in the state based on customer feedback metrics* and reviews of each location’s quality, service, and atmosphere. Check out the Leafly List FAQ for more information on how dispensaries are ranked.

The Leafly List is based on 100% objective customer feedback and data collected by Leafly. Businesses CANNOT pay for a spot on the list.

5765 W. Tropicana Las Vegas, NV

Essence Vegas - West <strong>medical</strong> <strong>marijuana</strong> dispensary in Las Vegas, Nevada(Courtesy of Essence Vegas)

Essence Vegas’s West dispensary is hyper-focused on consumers’ health and happiness, and cultivates both through high-quality flower, dependable pricing, trustworthy budtender recommendations, and a professional environment.

Index: 95.44

What to Buy: Toasted Rooster chocolate bar from Dixie Elixirs

What People Are Saying:

“I really can’t describe how dope this place is. Felt right at home. Love everyone at this location and Essence dispensaries in general.” —dannytru93

2307 Las Vegas Blvd S.Las Vegas, NV

(Courtesy of Essence)(Courtesy of Essence Vegas)

Essence Vegas’s conveniently located Strip dispensary is hyper-focused on consumers’ health and happiness, and cultivates both through high-quality flower, dependable pricing, trustworthy budtender recommendations, and a professional environment.

Index: 94.64

What to Buy: Chernobyl Distillate Syringe from Lucid Oils

What People Are Saying:

“This dispensary is always clean, and quick paced. They always have a wide variety of products, and the staff is extremely knowledge, professional, and courteous with every transaction​. Roger was very helpful the other day when I needed help withy vape. And he suggested a new type of crumble I hadn’t tried. I will definitely be going back to this dispensary. Thanks for another great experience Essence!” —Pooterdooder

Las Vegas, NV

The Apothecarium Las Vegas Nevada <strong><a href=Medical Marijuana Dispensary — Leafly List Spring 2017" width="840" height="525" />(Courtesy of The Apothecarium)

The Apothecarium on West Sahara doesn’t feel like a typical dispensary, and that’s because it isn’t. Roomy, well-lit, and tastefully decorated, this Vegas dispensary feels more like an old-school jewelry store or bank than a place to buy cannabis. Once visitors get over how pretty it is, they’re pleasantly impressed by the attentive budtenders, large selection, and competitive prices.

Index: 93.2

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What People Are Saying:

“I’ve commented on how good this dispensary is before and I want to do it again! My wife and I had a problem with something purchased form the store and taken care of immediately. Everyone was super nice and accommodating and honestly I know there are other dispensaries in Las Vegas but I truly don’t care the Apothecarium is definitely the place to be!” —Vinnysauwce

4240 W. Flamingo Rd. #100 Las Vegas, NV

(Courtesy of The Apothecary Shoppe)(Courtesy of The Apothecary Shoppe)

The Apothecary Shoppe was founded by doctors and is rooted in an intimate understanding of cannabis chemistry. Through the dispensary, which offers private parlors for one-on-one patient consultations and features an unusually elegant interior design, the team dedicates itself to furthering the evolution of a positive, progressive cannabis culture throughout Nevada.

Index: 91.16

What People Are Saying:

“Great location. Everyones so knowledgeable and friendly they helped me right away. Most dispensaries I go into it’s just kind of trying to push you out this one actually takes the time to get to know you a little bit. Thank you guys for always providing the best service and staff!!!” —Limonene33

2244 Paradise Rd. Las Vegas, NV

(Courtesy of Las Vegas ReLeaf)(Courtesy of Las Vegas ReLeaf)

Las Vegas ReLeaf was Sin City’s first medical cannabis dispensary, and the team’s experience is evidenced through a high degree of both knowledge and professionalism. The dispensary itself is one of the city’s most stylish, with plants, paintings, colorful furniture, and soothing lighting.

Index: 90.48

What People Are Saying:

“I’ve been coming to Releaf since 7/01/2017. When I first walked through the first door we were greeted by Security, which was pleasant to see because it made me feel safe. Second door we were greeted again by Lounge Attendants they were very friendly and answered any concerns I had. When you look to the right on the wall is a flat screen tv that shows a menu of all different kinds of strains, in different forms the potency level and prices. I also love the fact the waiting room has a comfortable, stylish couch to sit on rather than just standing in line. Finally, when you enter the show room staff are all smiles, dressed professional, fresh atmosphere, and knowledgeable about all the different products.” —Highlight2017

Las Vegas, NV

Jardin Dispensary Nevada Leafly List(Courtesy of Jardin)

Patients are impressed by Jardín’s clean and modern ambiance, friendly staff, and impressive inventory. If their large selection of high-quality products isn’t enough to draw you in, their generous first-time patient specials surely will. Jardín rewards its regular patients with a VIP program that offers great deals for repeat customers.

Index: 90.2

What People Are Saying:

“I’ve been to a few dispensaries around down but none compare to Jardin. The place is spotless clean and the staff is friendly and helpful. They have a good variety of strains and no wait time. Truly enjoyed my experience and the product 👌🏽” —Jquezada88

2520 South Maryland Parkway #2 Las Vegas, NV

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A cannabis dispensary that holds its cultivators and producers to the highest standards naturally offers the highest quality products to its patients. Inyo Fine Cannabis adheres to this code of conduct and passes on the benefits of its scrutiny and rigor to its patients in the form of the most excellent craft cannabis available.

Index: 90.12

What People Are Saying:

“Inyo, Inyo, Inyo. What can I say other than superb. Great service, great prices, excellent budtenders that are honest. My go to favorite spot. Deals and selections can be beat!!! A+100” —Dwscoob1

4850 W. Sunset Rd. STE 130 Las Vegas, NV

(Courtesy of Medizin)(Courtesy of Medizin)

Medizin puts their customers first, with a wide variety of strains and a staff of knowledgeable and friendly care specialists to welcome patients with any medical needs. New visitors to Medizin love that they receive a 20% discount on their first visit.

Index: 89.44

What People Are Saying:

“I LOVE Medizin!!! Awesome deals and staff. Picked up the new Matrix Pax vape pen and it’s awesome! Always helpful in knowing what I may want and like and never pushy. Such a comfortable environment and lots to choose from.” —jakesmom69

3400 Western Ave Las Vegas, NV

(Courtesy of Reef)(Courtesy of Reef)

Reef’s Las Vegas location is an open, inviting dispensary with modern décor and a friendly, feel-good atmosphere. A rotating selection of featured strains and a knowledgeable staff keep consumers coming back for more.

Index: 89.08

What People Are Saying:

“Exactly what you’re looking for. They have everything you need across the board and regardless if you’re a recreational user or medical, the process of getting through the doors is very quick and organized. Budtenders are very friendly and come off as wanting to help/answer your questions, as opposed to you inconveniencing them. Very impressed.” —Bluejay517

Carson City, NV

(Courtesy of Rise)(Courtesy of Rise)

Reviewers are quick to praise the good vibes and welcoming atmosphere at this Carson City dispensary. Those looking to find cannabis in a friendly and low-pressure environment will love RISE, which has something for everyone—from popular strains with household names to hard-to-find varieties.

Index: 88.08

What People Are Saying:

“I’ve been going to rise since it first open and honestly it one of the best shops we have in town, i love the vibe and energy in the shop! they ALWAYS brighten up the worse of days because they treat you like a fellow patient and you just feel more [at home] in the shop. i highly suggest going in to talk to a bud tender to find the strain best fit for you” —bjahmin

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*The Fall 2017 Leafly List uses customer service metrics from the three months prior to its month of publication.

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Nevada Governor Concerned About Cannabis Cafes

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Gov. Brian Sandoval is raising concerns about a new opinion by lawyers for the state legislature that says nothing in state law prohibits local governments from allowing marijuana consumption in businesses such as cannabis lounges and cafes.

“I did not support them previously,” Sandoval told the Las Vegas Review-Journal on Tuesday. “I don’t support them now.”

Sandoval said in an email to the Reno Gazette-Journal he’s concerned that such establishments could pop up “piecemeal throughout the state” with different rules and regulatory structures.


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He also questions why Sen. Tick Segerblom proposed legislation this spring to legalize consumption in some public places if the legal authority already existed.

That measure failed to pass last session. But Segerblom, D-Las Vegas, said Monday the new opinion by the Legislative Counsel Bureau should help clear the way for county commissions and city councils to approve legal cannabis consumption at places including special events.

Clark County Commission Chairman Steve Sisolak says the commission will discuss the issue at next week’s meeting.


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Adults in Nevada 21 years and older have been able to legally buy recreational marijuana since July 1.

Sandoval, a Republican former federal judge, initially opposed legalization of recreational marijuana voters approved last November but said he accepted the will of the people and pushed an early-sale program that began in July instead of waiting six months later as scheduled to expedite collection of revenue from state cannabis taxes.

Sandoval said he’s worried legalization of cannabis lounges might invite more federal scrutiny of Nevada’s marijuana sales. He said he has not read the bureau’s opinion, but he would like the attorney general’s office to weigh in on the matter. He said an opinion from the Legislative Counsel Bureau “doesn’t have any precedential value.”

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Nevada is moving forward on consumption lounges after a letter from its legislative council bureau to State Sen. Tick Segerblom last weekend said such businesses would not violate state law.

A new legal opinion says consumption at lounges, festivals, concerts, and one-off events would be allowed under state law.

The letter, dated Sept. 10, also claims that one-off events, like festivals and concerts, where the plant is consumed should also be allowed.

“It is the opinion of this office that a business may establish and operate a lounge or other facility or special event at which patrons of the business are allowed to use marijuana in compliance of state law,” Legislative Council Brenda Erdoes wrote to Segerblom.

Ballot Question 2, the adult-use legalization measure passed by voters last November, allows for the possession and consumption of up to one ounce of marijuana flower or up to one-eighth the equivalent of THC concentrates and edibles by adults in Nevada. But language in the law is generally unclear on consumption regulations outside of a private residence. So state lawmakers questioned its reach.


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Earlier Clarification Effort Failed

Segerblom’s Senate Bill 236, introduced during the past sessions of the Nevada State Legislature, aimed to provide a framework for local jurisdictions wanting to license marijuana lounge operations. The bill passed the Senate but died in the House after facing resistance from Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval. Sandoval argued that such lounges go beyond what’s allowed by the US Department of Justice’s 2013 Cole Memorandum and put Nevada at “greater risk” of an enforcement crackdown by the Justice Department.

Segerblom said Sunday’s legislative council opinion confirms that SB236 was not necessary.

“Now it’s up to county commissions and city councils across the state,” he said. “They can license these businesses if they want to.”


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Speaking Tuesday, the Nevada governor said he objected to Erdoes’ opinion and called on Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt’s office to advise the Nevada Department of Taxation about how to statutorily prevent such lounges.

Laxalt’s spokewoman Monica Moazez referred all questions to the Nevada Department of Taxation, whose spokeswoman Stephanie Klapstein did not respond to multiple calls and emails for comment on Monday and Tuesday.

While cannabis industry representatives in Nevada celebrated news of the legislative council’s opinion, they described feelings of “cautious optimism” toward local licensing process, which could take months to complete before the first Las Vegas marijuana lounge opens its doors.


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Dispensaries Moving Carefully

“I would like to see a cautious approach,” said Nevada Dispensary Association President Andrew Jolley, whose advocacy organization represents 55 of 60 licensed dispensaries across the state. “This is a huge step in the right direction, but we recognize it can be a thorny issue and may not be solved overnight.”

Over 43 million tourists descended on Las Vegas last year, according to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, and Segerblom has billed the new industry as “Amsterdam on steroids” in one of the world’s most popular visitor destinations. But Nevada law doesn’t explicitly give tourists anywhere to use the plant besides a private residence. That means hotels, public parks and casinos are all off-limits.


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Armen Yemenidjian, owner of Essence Cannabis Dispensary, said his roughly 500 daily tourist shoppers would benefit from having an adjacent lounge to the dispensary where they can use the product.

“At this point, I don’t see why not,” Yemenidjian said. “No one to date has been able to answer the question where these tourists should consume and where they can go to try out these products that are now legal.”

Jolley predicted the lounges would also attract a sizeable amount of local residents looking for education on “how to use the product responsibly.” Local recreational cannabis buyers make up 80 percent of the clientele at Jolley’s Las Vegas dispensary, located five miles west of the Strip.

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Leading officials in Clark County, which includes the Strip among other popular tourist areas in the Las Vegas Valley, expressed willingness to explore opportunities with the lounges after reading Sunday’s opinion letter.

‘People are purchasing product they can’t consume anywhere, and we’ve got to address this situation.’

Steve Sisolak, Clark County Commission Chairman

County Commission Chairman Steve Sisolak added an agenda item on marijuana lounges to the commission’s next scheduled meeting on Sep. 19, and said it will likely be developed over the span of the next three meetings, which take place every two weeks. The county’s Green Ribbon Panel, which includes Jolley and Yemenidjian, will also provide recommendations to the county commission after an Oct. 4 panel meeting.

Sisolak said the marijuana laws, as currently interpreted, leave county visitors “in the lurch.”

“I’m very sympathetic to these people because they have no place to go to,” Sisolak said. “They’re purchasing product they can’t use anywhere and we’ve got to address this situation.”

While Sisolak wouldn’t provide a timetable for possible opening dates, Jolley and Yemenidjian were more optimistic. If all goes according to plan, the two Las Vegas dispensary owners said they’re ready to launch their own cannabis lounges as early as next month.


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Nevada Legalization Is Changing the Las Vegas Scene. Could Consumption Lounges Be Next?

Nevada’s legalization has changed the entire tourism industry in Las Vegas. Ever since legal cannabis made its debut on July 1, tourists have been flocking to the dispensaries for a chance to sample the newly regulated green herbs. With a renewed influx of canna-tourists, what does this mean for visitors hoping to enjoy the spoils of the green rush without risking any pesky legal entanglements?

Luckily, Nevada’s regulatory system has made it fairly straightforward for out-of-towners to visit dispensaries and legally purchase up to an ounce of fine, Nevada-grown cannabis, but one lingering conundrum remains: where do you smoke it?


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We reached out to Carlos Blumberg, an attorney with De Castroverde Law Group in Las Vegas, along with his business partner, Jo Ann Abajian, who are both founding members of the Nevada Dispensary Association and co-owners of the Apothecarium dispensary.

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A major concern that has arisen in the recent legalization happening in Sin City is the lack of a proper place to consume cannabis as a tourist.

“It’s only legal if it’s in your own home,” Blumberg explains. It is illegal to consume cannabis in public, and a “public place” is defined as any place open to the public or exposed to public view.

“If your only crime is you’re at the park smoking a joint, they would probably just ask you to put it out rather than charging you with anything.”

Carlos Blumberg, attorney with De Castroverde Law Group in Las Vegas, NV

As for hotel rooms and Airbnbs, they’re technically considered private property, and thus, management may autonomously make the decision as to whether they allow cannabis consumption onsite. Tourists may have more luck with a private cannabis-friendly Airbnb or a Bud & Breakfast in the area, which specifically caters to cannabis tourists.


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Consuming cannabis in a public place, whether it’s a park or walking down the Vegas strip, can earn you a $600 ticket, although Blumberg has not seen a rise in the ticketing of tourists since the state went legal.

“To be honest, there’s been somewhat of a policy even before it went to medical use. My understanding was that [law enforcement’s] time was better spent citing people for other things,” he says. “If your only crime, so to say, is you’re at the park and you’re smoking a joint, they would probably just ask you to put it out rather than charging you with anything.”


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What Could Change Moving Forward?

Looking forward to the future, Blumberg anticipates the law may change in regards to public consumption. “Will that change? Maybe in the future,” he ponders. “I could see them setting up something like a hookah lounge around the gaming corridor. It’s the next step, logically.”

“After having watched a couple of other states make some mistakes, Nevada is learning from those mistakes.”

Jo Ann Abajian, co-founding member of the Nevada Dispensary Association

The attitude towards cannabis in the state has been steadily progressing in the past years since medical marijuana was first signed into law in 2001. “Nevada has shifted the view from being completely negative about cannabis to being positive,” Blumberg tells us. “Everybody is fighting for that tax revenue! It’s a whole new industry saying, ‘Tax us! Tax us!’”


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Apothecarium co-founder Jo Ann Abaijian acknowledges that Nevada’s implementation process has been slow and steady, but with good reason. “After having watched a couple of other states make some mistakes, Nevada is learning from those mistakes,” she explains. “The regulators have been saying, ‘wait, wait, wait,’ instead of moving forward and having to go back and fix things later.”

“It’s important to note that Nevada and the legislators here, we try to get it right,” Blumberg continues. “We’ve seen Washington and Colorado go legal, and we’re not Xeroxing anyone’s laws. We’ve seen what’s worked and what hasn’t and we’re trying to make it better.”

Unfortunately, one of the major obstacles standing in the way of legalization comes from an unlikely place: Nevada’s gaming laws. The Nevada Gaming Control Board has already placed incredibly restrictive regulations on casinos and gaming licensees, and owners are wary to introduce a new substance into the mix.


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“The gaming regulators don’t want to be involved in the marijuana industry for a lot of different reasons,” Blumberg says. “There’s no banking, [and] they don’t want to have the temptation [only to] then lose their gaming license.”

Although initially there were talks of combining casino play with cannabis consumption, after much deliberation, the Gaming Commission Chairman Tony Alamo shot down the idea. “On one hand you have the gaming industry and on the other hand you have the marijuana industry … The two shall not meet,” he promised.

Until further notice, the report issued from the Gaming Commission stated that their priority “is the prohibition of delivery and consumption of marijuana within the Las Vegas Boulevard Gaming Corridor, H1 Zones, and on the premises of any restricted or non-restricted gaming licensee to comply with the Nevada Gaming Commission and Board’s prohibition of any consumption and possession of marijuana on gaming properties.”


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Instead, the likelihood of a separate, alternative area away from the bright lights of the Strip but still accessible to tourists is a more likely possibility. Similar to a hookah lounge or a cannabis social club, it may take years before regulators approach and address the issue, but with canna-tourism on the rise, it’s an issue that will need to be addressed eventually.

Despite the Nevada Gaming Control Board’s regulations, however, the future of legal cannabis in Sin City looks promising and bright. “Come to Las Vegas!” Blumberg exclaims. “It’s legal, it’s tested, and you know exactly what you’re getting. Everybody in town has their own variety and strains. Much like alcohol, some people want a Corona, some people want a Heineken. We check for reviews and find out what people like.”

Former Raider Now Selling Cannabis in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The display case just inside the front door is filled with the kind of stuff you would find at any sports memorabilia store. Frank Hawkins used to run interference for Marcus Allen back in the day, and there are plenty of signed footballs and pictures of No. 27 in silver and black.

There’s a picture of Hawkins with a former governor of Nevada, and a drawing of the late Raiders owner Al Davis with signatures from players on it. Next to them is a team photo from 1983, and a championship banner with the result of that season’s Super Bowl: Raiders 38, Redskins 9.

A few feet to the left is what is called the “smell room,” one of many signs that this is no memorabilia shop.

Everyone who enters is greeted by a smiling man with a question:

Medical or recreational?


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Hawkins didn’t set out to be in the marijuana business in the town where he grew up and later became a city councilman. He resisted it at first, mostly because he says he doesn’t smoke the stuff.

Now he sits in a back office at Nevada Wellness Center just a few blocks from the glittering Las Vegas Strip, amid strains of cannabis with names like Devil’s Lettuce, Silver Back Gorilla and Black Afghan.

It’s all legal in a city where almost everything goes. But Hawkins — who opened the first medical marijuana dispensary in town — says it hasn’t been easy.

“We started out losing $50,000 a month,” Hawkins said. “We suffered for a long time.”

That changed on July 1 when Nevada became the fifth state to legalize recreational marijuana. Marijuana shops, which had been competing for a few thousand customers who had medical marijuana cards, could now sell to anyone — including tourists — over the age of 21.


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That meant long lines on opening night at the shop Hawkins owns with two partners. It also meant a lot of cash in an industry where, as the sign in the lobby tells customers, business is all conducted in cash.

Things were slower on a recent summer afternoon, when only a few customers came in and headed to the smell room to get a whiff of what they might buy.

“Back when I was growing up marijuana was a bad word,” Hawkins says. “Now it’s a household name.”

And Hawkins thinks it can be beneficial to football retirees and current players as an alternative to opioid painkillers.


Though undersized at 5-foot-9 and 210 pounds, Hawkins ran for 5,333 yards in four years at the University of Nevada, Reno.

The Oakland Raiders drafted him in the 10th round in 1981. He stuck with the team and showed some promise, but the next year the Raiders were salivating over the chance to get the Heisman winner.

“The running backs coach said, ‘You guys ever hear of a guy named Marcus Allen?” Hawkins recalled.

Hawkins became, “a battering ram.” For the next six years, he led the way for Allen. He got some carries of his own, though, and scored two second quarter touchdowns in the AFC Championship game to break open a close game to put the then Los Angeles Raiders in the Super Bowl.


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The Raiders would meet the Washington Redskins in Tampa Bay for the championship. They had Jim Plunkett and Allen in the backfield, but most importantly they had an attitude.

“We knew we were going to beat the snot out of them,” Hawkins recalled. “I told everybody at home, bet all you got because there’s no way in the world the Redskins can win.”

The Raiders wore black, and were so dominant the game would become known as “Black Sunday.” Allen ran wild behind Hawkins for 191 yards.

Hawkins ran three times for six yards and caught two passes for 20 more. He won a Super Bowl ring he only brings out on special occasions.

“I don’t want to lose it,” the 58-year-old said. “Somebody might say it was because of CTE.”


The Raiders of past gathered in July in wine country in Northern California, where the team trains. There were 110 former players and the talk was about old times and the resurgence of the team under Mark Davis, son of the late owner Al Davis.

There was also talk about various ailments, and the possibility some former players might have CTE or other brain damage.

Among those in attendance was Plunkett, who the next week would create a stir by telling the San Jose Mercury News that his body was broken down by all the hits he took with the Raiders and that at the age of 69, “My life sucks.”

“He looked good, but a little bit off balance and he lost some weight,” Hawkins said. “He did mention the fact he was in pain.”

So were many of the players at the reunion, one reason they were quite interested in the business Hawkins is in.

“Most of them wanted to know how they could get involved or get one in their city or state,” he said. “I told them any state you’re in I’d be more than happy to come and invest my time and money and get another store opened in their communities.”


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Marijuana is still a punishable offense in the NFL, and players are subject to suspensions with a second positive test.

Pain pills, on the other hand, are readily available for almost any kind of injury. With the nation immersed in an opioid crisis, a 2011 study showed retired players misuse opioid pain medications at a rate four times that of the general population.

“You got a headache, they give you a pill,” Hawkins said. “You got shoulder pain, they give you pain pills. Whatever your problems are they gave you pills.”

Marijuana, a growing body of research indicates, can reduce pain more effectively than opioids and may be beneficial for concussions. It’s done not with the mind altering Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in the drug, but the cannabis compound Cannabidiol, or CBD.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was for years a hardliner on the use of cannabis but said last month he has reached out to the player’s union and is willing to fund a study to see if there are benefits.

Hawkins said he doesn’t need a study to be convinced. After a recent hip replacement surgery he had blood clots in his legs that his doctor was treating for six months with blood thinners.

A woman at his shop suggested he try capsules containing CBD that dissolve in water. After taking them for a few weeks, Hawkins said a body scan showed the blood clots had disappeared.

Hawkins estimated 20 percent of current players — some of whom have come into his shop — are using some form of cannabis to relieve pain and inflammation.

“The beautiful thing about the marijuana plant is they don’t have to smoke it to get in the system and they don’t have to get high,” he said. “They can use the CBD part of the plant and not the THC part of the plant. It can be put in soaps, eaten, in mints, you name it.”


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Hawkins considers himself relatively healthy, thogh he’s quick to show off scars, including one from a tendon that separated in a 1987 game, eventually leading to his retirement.

He still loves football, though if he had a son he wouldn’t let him play. He’s not so enamored with the NFL, which he believes knew long ago the effects of hits to the head but did nothing about it.

“I understand the NFL from a business perspective,” he said. “I don’t like it from a personal perspective.”

Hawkins also understands people may view him differently because he sells marijuana. He says he’s OK with recreational use, though it’s the medical side he’s most excited about.

“Folks who have PTSD to trauma to football injury or have cancer it works on all of them,” he said. “And it’s certainly better than the opioids they give players.”

Panel Bans Cannabis Possession, Ads at Las Vegas Airport

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Recreational marijuana may be legal in Nevada, but add McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas to the list of places including casinos where cannabis is still banned.

Violators could face a misdemeanor charge or civil fines.

Clark County commissioners have banned marijuana possession and advertising at the airport in a vote Tuesday that raised the possibility travelers leaving town with less than an ounce could get a ticket and have their marijuana confiscated.

If federal Transportation Security Administration screeners find cannabis at security stations, they can alert Las Vegas police, officials said. Violators could face a misdemeanor charge or civil fines.

The decision keeps airport rules consistent with Federal Aviation Administration rules that consider marijuana an illegal substance, officials said.


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Commissioner Jim Gibson called it a victory for common sense.

Director of Aviation Rosemary Vassiliadis was assigned to set the amounts for civil fines.

Possessing more than an ounce of marijuana is still a felony.

The nation’s eighth-busiest airport by passenger traffic boasts liquor stores amid coffee, gift and other retail shops lining pedestrian areas that see more than 47 million travelers annually.

Questions about marijuana advertising at the airport have vexed commissioners who oversee the Las Vegas Strip and other county airports.


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The new ordinance applies to fixed signs and electronic screen displays in the bustling baggage claim area at McCarran. It also applies to mobile billboards, which must obtain permits to operate on airport property.

Commissioners decided the ad ban won’t apply to the advertising vinyl-wrapped taxis and personal vehicles picking up or dropping off airport passengers.

Recreational marijuana use became legal in Nevada on Jan. 1, and retail sales of recreational cannabis began July 1. But the federal Drug Enforcement Administration classifies marijuana as an illegal Schedule 1 controlled substance.

The Nevada Gaming Commission recently made clear that marijuana won’t be allowed in Nevada casinos as long as it remains illegal at a federal level.

10 Best Things to Do in Las Vegas While You’re High

Vegas sucks. You know it; I know it; everyone knows it. Vegas is a booze-soaked money grab that if you’ve done once, you’ve done a million times. Yet every time the season rolls around, we all find ourselves booking that room at The Cosmopolitan (best beds of all time) as if we expect it to be different this time around.

Spoiler alert: This time around it will be different. Because there’s legal weed to be had. Now that Nevada has legalized recreational cannabis use for adults 21 and up, switch your cocktails for cannabinoids and learn how to actually have fun in this city.

Step one: Hit a dispensary. There are many. I was able to check out two solid ones during my recent visit:

Step two: Find a place to consume. I’d strongly advise against smoking in your hotel room (unless you’re staying in one of these ones). Of course, public consumption remains illegal, so I’d also strongly advise against that too. However, I will say that there may or may not be a staircase behind Mandalay Bay that no one EVER walks by or through. I will also say that it may OR MAY NOT be the most perfect spot in all of Vegas to enjoy the flowers of your labor. But, you know, that’s only if it exists, which it may or may not.

Step three: Indulge in one of the following activities. In no particular order, we give you the best things to do as a high cannabis tourist in Las Vegas.

Eat at Nacho Daddy

If you do nothing else, make sure to eat at Nacho Daddy. My boy Sutton put me on game and it was the greatest decision I made that whole weekend. $15 won’t get you much in Vegas, but at Nacho Daddy it gets you a big-ass plate of filet mignon (cause I’m fancy like that) nachos that’ll have you feeling like maybe calories aren’t such a bad thing.

Wander Old Vegas and Fremont Street


Up until this last trip, I’d never been to the famous “Old Vegas” that I’d heard so much about. Oh boy is it an experience. It’s the only place I’ve ever been where, within a 437-step distance, you can see a near-naked man dressed as a baby, followed by two white dudes with dreads battle rapping, followed by a bum dropping a deuce by the sunglasses kiosk like the world is his oyster. If you’re planning to a trip to Las Vegas, do yourself a favor, and take a trip downtown for the most Bruh, I’m Way Too High For This Shit experience that the city has to offer.

Walk the Vegas Strip

Obviously, right? If you touch Vegas and don’t wander aimlessly down the Strip (and then realize it’s actually a lot longer than it looks and now you’re so far from your hotel that you need to catch a Lyft back because your thighs are on fire), then did you really touch Vegas?

Get high and go on a walk down this street and you’ll find ample bright lights, photo opportunities, and enough street entertainment to keep you busy all night long. Plus there’s hella trash food for you to stop and grab, which is all my happiness requires.

Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace


Speaking of food, eat at a buffet. Every hotel has one, but if you want the best one? Bacchanal Buffet in Caesars Palace is the answer, my pals.

The bad news is that it’ll cost you 50 whole entire dollars, but the good news is they have lobster eggs Benedict and mac and cheese AT THE SAME DAMN TIME. And chicken and waffles. And an entire dessert station. They have it all. Get high, hit BB, and don’t stop eating until you feel $50 of satisfaction in your stomach. I saw a guy take off his shoes and get comfortable because he was full, but hadn’t recouped his money in food yet. Be like that American hero.

Pool Party

Encore reigns supreme, but honestly, each pool party or beach club offers the same experience: overpriced drinks that never hit because the sun is killing your buzz, and pools of water that are probably half chlorine and half gonorrhea.

But hey, at least whatever DJ they booked is playing an excessive amount of UNTZ UNTZ UNTZ, right? RIGHT?! Wrong, but the reason these make the list is because they’re excellent for getting high and people-watching. Trust me.

Drais Nightclub


This is the one club that I’ll absolutely swear by in Vegas. So many artists have residencies here that on any given night you might catch Trey Songz or somebody in concert for the lowest Vegas price possible ($40 for women, $70 for men). I saw Tory Lanez there, and he put on one of the best live shows I’ve ever seen. A friend of mine saw Jeezy there. Last time, I was supposed to go see T.I. but ended up getting too high and passing out. Shout out to Cadillac Purple.

See a Show

Vegas shows will hit you for a grip, but in all fairness, so will everything else. At least with these you get some kind of worthwhile return on investment, in the form of a live performance and new experience.

I’ve only seen the Jabbawockeez and the Blue Man Group, but I can promise you that both of these shows are worth the high, ESPECIALLY the Blue Man Group. They don’t talk, they just make noise and do physical humor. Perfect stoner activity.

Go Skydiving


Ever gotten super-stoned, then dropped out of a plane with another man strapped to your back? I have. It’s fun as hell too. Vegas offers multiple skydiving spots on the Strip, but the real deal is Skydive Las Vegas, which is about 20–30 minutes from the Strip. According to the company, they’ll take you higher than any other skydiving spot out there … and getting higher is what we’re all about.

Bellagio Water Show

The Fountains of Bellagio are pretty cool to see, especially at night. It’s the perfect thing to settle in and stare at indefinitely after you hit a pre-roll or vape pen. It’s also one of the only things in Vegas that’ll leave you like, “Wow, fam, that was mad beautiful and touching.” Mainly because you’ll be so high that everything gets you in your feelings.

Gamble and Ruin Your Life


It’s a monster that you run and run and run from, but eventually it’ll catch you. And once it does, say goodbye to any budget you thought you had. It’s so easy to be walking through a casino lobby and accidentally end up in front of the War table with a stack of $5 chips and a mind full of, “Someone has to win; why not me?” It’s even easier to walk away from that table six minutes later with 200 less dollars than you had. Being high won’t ease the pain of losing money on some dumb shit, but it WILL make it a lot easier for you to say, “Fuck it. At least those nachos were fire.”