Only a month remains until Nevada is set to join a select number of states that can legally sell recreational marijuana.
Barring any delays, up to one ounce of marijuana will be available for sale July 1 to those 21 and older as a result of Question 2 passing last fall. This will be the first time recreational marijuana is available for sale in the Silver State. Even though possession of marijuana became legal Jan. 1, there were no places that had the go-ahead to sell it.
Essence Vegas is among the local medical marijuana dispensaries that are transitioning to sell recreational pot once it’s legal. Armen Yemenidjian, CEO of Essence, thinks Las Vegas could become a destination for marijuana.
“I think we have the potential of being the new marijuana hub of the country, taking that crown off Colorado and putting it on Nevada, namely Las Vegas,” he said.
Yemenidjian notes the nearly 43 million visitors Las Vegas saw just last year.
“We have the best nightclubs, the best hotels, the best restaurants, the best shows and now we’ll have hopefully the best cannabis experience as well,” he said.
Legal marijuana may provide an extra incentive for tourists, despite rules against smoking pot in hotel rooms or outdoors.
“I’m really excited to see … in a year or two how much that [tourism] number grows,” Yemenidjian said. “I think it’s had a positive effect on Colorado and Washington that don’t have the allure that Las Vegas has.”
Essence, in particular, could benefit with a location on the north end of the Strip at 2307 S. Las Vegas Blvd., just north of Sahara Avenue. Essence also has locations on the west side of the valley, near Tropicana Avenue and Jones Boulevard, and in Henderson near Sunset Road and Green Valley Parkway.
“Having the only dispensary on the Las Vegas