Las Vegas is known as a place where you can get just about anything you could ever want, day or night. And now that Las Vegas is about to get its first 24/7 cannabis dispensary, that will soon include legal weed.
The Las Vegas City Council unanimously voted to allow the Oasis Cannabis dispensary to be a 24/7 dispensary. The approval came despite city codes that compel dispensaries to close between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m.
Councilwoman Lois Tarkanian asked dispensary owners why being open three additional hours would make a difference for their shop.
“We have people lined up at our door at 6 a.m., and (we) are rushing people out at 3 a.m.,” said Benjamin Sillitoe, CEO and co-founder of Oasis Cannabis.
Kama Star, Communications Manager for Oasis, added that in Las Vegas lots of people are getting off work at 3 or 4 a.m. These include folks “from the casinos, taxi drivers, exotic dancers, lots of areas. And who doesn’t need something to relax after work?”
For those who may not be familiar with Sin City, the Oasis Cannabis dispensary also has another impressive neighbor. The shop happens to be located in the shadow of the Stratosphere hotel and casino. The venue is known for its 1,100-foot tower and for hosting the “highest thrill rides” in the country.
Oasis Cannabis plans to open 24/7 as early as this week. While suburbs of Las Vegas like North Las Vegas allow some dispensaries to remain open 24/7, Oasis Cannabis is the first shop to have that honor in Las Vegas city boundaries.
Last Word: Las Vegas Is About To Get Its First 24/7 Cannabis Dispensary
Star said she thinks there will be more 24/7 dispensaries to follow in the footsteps of Oasis. “Things happen fast here,” she said. “Nevada is so regulated that (it’s) sometimes easier to get things expedited faster.”
Nevada, unlike the rest of the country, moved relatively quickly on legalization, foregoing endless bureaucratic red tape when they opened their recreational cannabis market on July 1.
“The system is in place to protect consumers and I think that’s fantastic,” Star said of the legalization process.
This newest move happens as Las Vegas city officials explore whether to sanction smoking lounges and clubs that would allow people to smoke in social settings and not only in private.
Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval recently signed an executive order directing the state’s Gaming Policy Committee to discuss and recommend proposals on how casinos should work with marijuana businesses.
With all that said, Nevada has certainly had its issues with licensing, transporting, regulators and product shortages. But after some initial hiccups, Nevada is not wasting any time sorting things out.
“We set the bar high here in Nevada,” said Star. If only the rest of the country would watch and learn.