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Adult use of cannabis was legalized in Nevada in July 2017 and since then, it’s become part of many visitors’ “only in Las Vegas” experience. Soon, Vegas will also house the world’s largest dispensary, too. There are dozens of dispensaries to choose from—all well-stocked and well-staffed—but here are a few of our favorites.
The Apothecary Shoppe earns its name with its gorgeous custom wood cabinetry that echo actual apothecary shops during the nineteenth century. On display in glass cabinets are a selection of edibles, concentrates, and flower, as well as exotic smoking devices and other interesting accessories. Check their website for sales and special events.
The staff at The Dispensary are well-informed, helpful, and able to guide both weed novices and those who are familiar with partaking. One of the few dispensaries is in the Henderson neighborhood, and it carries a wide selection of flower, as well as an array of vapes, edibles, and topicals.
Conveniently located on Las Vegas Boulevard between Downtown and the Strip, Essence is popular with those visiting Sin City. The store stocks a wide array of merchandise—along with the usual eighths of flower and vape pens, there are gold-dusted truffles, souvenir tins full of tiny joints and cannabis-infused lemonade. An off-Strip location in Henderson and Nevada resident discounts help lure in locals.
One of the first dispensaries to open in Las Vegas, Inyo Fine Cannabis is welcoming to both nerd and newbie, with a solid selection of product. An ever-changing gallery of art in the lobby, visits from cultivators or producers, and other special events keep things interesting. Keep an eye out for local musician and cannabis activist Rob Ruckus dispensing wisdom to those in need of medical advice.
If you’re a fan of vintage gadgets, NuLeaf is the shop for you. The décor is something like a steampunk ’50s diner, with black-and-white tile, bright green vintage refrigerators, and an assortment of aspirin dispensers, scales, fans, hairdryers, and other things to look at…aside from weed. Proximity to the Strip makes it easy for out-of-towners to drop in—make sure to hit the vintage cigarette machine for a sticker, pack of rolling paper, or other swag on your way out.
The largest dispensary in Nevada (and possibly the world) is located on a small sliver of Native-American reservation land: NuWu means “the people” in Paiute. The vast store carries hundreds of products, from ounces of flower to grams of concentrate, gourmet edibles, and CBD products for dogs—tourists dig Cheech’s Private Stash pre-rolls or playing card-print vape pens. In a hurry? NuWu has a drive-thru.
A low-key, friendly dispensary, Sahara Wellness has the lucky address of 420 East Sahara. The budtenders are well trained and equally adept at assisting cannabis newbies and going into the details with those who are familiar with weed. The Sahara Wellness staff is also good at giving solid advice for those seeking marijuana’s medical benefits.
Far from the patchouli-and-Indian-bedspread stoner stereotype, The+Source is the Apple Store of marijuana dispensaries. A sleek, white-glossed space holds minimalist displays of flower, concentrates, and edibles from a wide variety of producers. The store also hosts occasional cannabis education classes and vendor visits.
Located where the Arts District meets Downtown right off the freeway, Thrive Cannabis Marketplace is a convenient 24-hour stop for your marijuana needs. The selections are reasonably priced—the flower selection is displayed with helpful guidance about what is for “focus” and what will bring “relaxation.” Edible fans should check out their “foodie Fridays,” with special deals on infused gummies, jerky, and more.