Where to Buy Legal Weed in Las Vegas
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The most popular question you'll hear in Las Vegas these days (aside from "the resort free is what?") is “Where can I score weed in Las Vegas without breaking the law?” The answer is both simple and complicated at the same time. So here's the cliff notes version of everything you always wanted to know about legal cannabis in Nevada, but were too stoned to ask.
Anyone 21 and over can legally buy cannabis from a dispensary. Just bring your driver's license, passport, or another form of legal ID. No, the phone bill doesn't count. Here's the tricky part—the only place you're legally allowed to consume cannabis is at a private residence. Public consumption lounges have yet to be legally approved. Does that mean you won't catch the occasional whiff of reefer on the Strip? Of course not. But just know that smoking in public spaces (including garages and parks) is illegal. Cannabis use in hotel rooms is generally off-limits too, especially at resorts with heavily regulated casinos on property.
So if you (or a friend) has a private home, great. Light one up. Some Airbnb rentals are 420-friendly (and a few even market themselves around it), but be clear on policies in advance. Stinking up somebody's house without permission is bad form. Obviously, vapes, edibles, and other non-smoking forms of consumption are more discreet. Just be aware of the law, use your best judgement, and take advantage of public transportation when high. Uber and Lyft are everywhere now.
Now, let's get down to the big question… Where can you buy?
Dispensaries not only survived, but thrived during the pandemic. Most added curbside and delivery options that will likely stick around long after COVID-19 goes away for good. And no, you can't have cannabis delivered to your hotel room. While Blackbird is a reliable exception, beware of third-party delivery services. Play it safe by ordering directly from a dispensary's website.
Fortunately, the best dispensaries in Las Vegas mix a great selection of products with a welcoming atmosphere and knowledgeable customer service reps to steer you in the right direction—whether you want to enjoy the health benefits or just zone out and get high.
The largest cannabis "superstore" in the world is only getting bigger. Planet 13 is in the process of expanding its sales floor to a total of 85 registers and recently added a store-within-a-store for Curaleaf's Select brand. Does it really look like a Target for weed? Not really, but it's got a lot of fun extras, including a touch-sensitive LED floor and regular shows by flying orbs. It's also within easy walking distance of the Strip. Best sellers include Mike Tyson's Tyson Ranch and Reina by Latina ganjaprenuer Priscilla Vilchis. The place seems destined for an on-site consumption lounge once the legalities are sorted out, but for now, you can grab a bite at Trece, a cafe and bar that despite popular misconception, does not serve infusions. Planet 13 also operates Medizen in the Southwest Valley—a smaller, boutique spot that recently reopened with a fresh renovation and a mural honoring Vegas icons behind the cash registers. A second Planet 13 superstore is opening soon in California near Disneyland. It's a small world after all.
How to order: Visit in person (with late-night hours available) or take advantage of curbside pickup or delivery.
Reef has six locations throughout Nevada and Arizona, but the flagship dispensary (across the street from Planet 13, actually) makes the biggest impression. The operation hosts sales and cultivation within the same warehouse-like space west of the Strip—and don't be surprised if you get a whiff of the good stuff when driving by. Reef is owned by Tryke, a cannabis company best known for producing Wiz Khalifa's Khalifa Kush (or as regulars call it, "KK"), which the rapper originally founded as a small operation in California. The Exotikz collab by Berner and Jungle Boys is also popular. While some dispensaries are stiff and sterile, Reef has a loose vibe with social budtenders and a mix of reggae and hip-hop on the sound system.
How to order: Visit 24/7 or order online.
NuWu is close to Downtown attractions like the Fremont Street Experience and Neon Museum—and best known for having a drive-thru window. Since the Paiute-owned operation is on tribal land, it was able to legally open the first public consumption lounge (or "tasting room") in Las Vegas, which unfortunately, has been temporarily closed since the onset of the pandemic. Not having to pay Nevada's 10% sales tax on cannabis is another perk. The store itself is huge with at least 900 products from more than 150 brands. A second, smaller, less-fancy version of NuWu is in the Northwest corner of the valley next to the Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort—and your best bet for picking up stash while on a road trip to Mt. Charleston.
How to order: Downtown drive-thru is open 24 hours while the Northwest drive-thru is open until midnight. Online ordering is available at both locations.
West Valley and Henderson
The Source+ (formerly The+Source if you're keeping track) has two locations in the Las Vegas Valley and a third up north in Reno. A fourth location is in the works for North Las Vegas. The Source+ sells more than 30 different strains of cannabis and a variety of concentrates, edibles, and other products. The Happy Camper, part of the in-house CAMP brand, is the first solventless cannabis cartridge in Nevada, using only pressure and heat to create a cleaner rosin. The Source+ recently celebrated its fifth anniversary and is known for championing cannabis for medical use with "higher education" seminars and a customer-friendly rewards program.
How to order: Visit in person, order online, or arrange next-day delivery via Blackbird.
Nevada Wellness Center is a thriving Black-owned business that champions a diverse top-to-bottom workforce, from the advisory board to the budtenders behind the counter. In addition to popular strains like Garlic Sherbet and Ghost Train Haze, N.W.C. sells a lot of cannabis-related merchandise, including clothing, hats, and smoking paraphernalia (on display in tall glass cases). The dispensary suspended in-store sales during the pandemic, but still offers 24/7 curbside pickup from a walk-up window.
How to order: Place an order online for pickup.
Essence claims to be the only cannabis dispensary on the Strip, although technically the Las Vegas Boulevard location is just outside the official boundary on the north end. However, it's still within easy walking distance to resorts like The Strat, Sahara, and soon-to-open Resorts World. Inside, the store is super-sleek, offering a wide selection of products including more than 50 strains of flower and pre-rolls, edibles (cookies, chocolates, gummies, infused-drinks), vape pens, concentrates, and topicals. Check out their daily deals and discount calendar—and sign up for text alerts to save even more green. Unlike some dispensaries, the online menu is regularly updated to reflect what's actually in stock. Essence has four additional locations through the Las Vegas Valley, including Henderon.
How to order: Browse the menu of each location online and if preferred, arrange roll-thru pickup or delivery.
Located at 420 E. Sahara (really), Sahara Wellness is a women-owned dispensary that focuses on the health benefits of cannabis with a warm, inviting environment adorned in wood with stone accents and a water wall. The earth tones and tranquil artwork make it feel like more of a spa than a dispensary, and the service aims to provide a balance of mind, body, and spirit. There are plenty of places to shop if you’re just trying to get high, but Sahara Wellness tries to be a place for healing, and has an exceptional reputation within the medical marijuana community. Pop-up educational events have continued with social distancing guidelines in place.
How to order: Order online for pickup/delivery or visit 24/7.
Across the street from the Palms (still closed during the pandemic), The Apothecary Shoppe was founded by a trio of medical professionals who believe in the health benefits of cannabis and oversee an off-site grow operation. The dispensary interior has a vintage look with dark oak furnishings, showing off a variety of products that range from flower and concentrates to infused lotions and bath bombs. There's even capsules if you’re looking to consume discreetly. However, the Apothecary Shoppe is best known for its edibles with a kitchen team led by a chef who formerly worked at Joel Robunchon and other top restaurants on the Strip. The gummies and truffles have a gourmet quality to them, but if you want to go big, order a fully-infused birthday cake.
How to order: Visit 8 am–12 am or order online for pickup or expedited delivery.
The Apothecarium first opened in San Francisco before expanding to other locations throughout the country. The Vegas edition was actually co-founded by a former Metro police officer who believed in the benefits of marijuana over opioids for treating pain and other health conditions. Since then, the Apothecarium has developed a well-earned reputation as a favorite for locals, especially in the West Valley near Summerlin, with an exceptional lineup of products (including State Flower, a small-batch NoCall producer) and knowledgeable, friendly budtenders. The store is decorated with old-school chandeliers and marble countertops, making it feel like the lobby of a boutique hotel more than a weed shop.
How to order: Order online 8 am–8 pm for pickup/delivery or visit in store 8 am–10 pm.
Off-Strip and Pahrump
If you can't wait to shop for weed after flying into Las Vegas, you'll love The Grove. The dispensary is near McCarran International Airport, making it an easy and convenient stop, and while it no longer operates 24/7, it still has late-night hours until 3 am on weekends. It's also a quick walk from the new Virgin Hotels property, Serene boutique resort, and the Fruit Loop mini-district for LGBTQ nightlife. A second, smaller location is the best place for scoring legal weed in Pahrump. The Grove cultivates its own crop and is an exclusive carrier of the Kannabis brand.
How to order: The Grove is open for walk-ins, same-day delivery and expedited pickup.
Top Notch is very much a neighborhood dispensary catering to locals in the far east valley near Henderson. Tourists are rare, but the location is close to Sam's Town and other casino resorts on the Boulder Strip. Top Notch is the exclusive carrier of cannabis by Zion Gardens, a minority-owned cultivation operation in North Las Vegas led by Aaron McCrary, the first Black master grower in the state of Nevada. Top Notch also carries a full line of organic live rosin by Green Life Productions in Pahrump.
How to order: Deliveries are free with a $150 minimum and an online waitlist helps customers skip the line during in-store visits from 8 am–midnight.
Despite its location in the Industrial Corridor, Oasis has a welcoming boutique feel and a heavy emphasis on regional brands like Deep Roots Harvest and Western Cultured. For being so close to the Strip, prices are reasonable—and even better during two daily "Flower Hour" sales (7–10 am for $20 eighths and 11:30 pm-–2:30 am for 20% off platinum-shelf flower).
How to order: Visit 7 am–2:30 am with curbside pickup and delivery available.
Southwest, Eastern Express, and Henderson
The Dispensary is all about the locals. That means lower prices, daily specials, and one of the best loyalty programs in town. There are three locations in the Las Vegas area (plus one in Reno) and while certainly smaller and less flashy than much of the competition, the in-house staff is very social with a strong focus on customer service. Seniors can take advantage of discounts on Tuesday mornings and teachers receive 20% off all orders. The spray-painted mural at the newer but smaller Eastern Express location is a nice touch.
How to order: Check with each location for in-store hours as well as delivery or curbside pickup options.
Acres is a farm-to-bong operation with nearly 40 acres in the Mojave Desert to produce more than 60 strains of cannabis throughout the year. The dispensary itself is an attraction with a mini-museum dedicated to the history of marijuana, including an early American flag made from hemp. View the kitchen team in action through large windows and watch them preparing gourmet donuts, pretzels, chocolate-covered popcorn, and other edibles. Acres hosts The Underground on Fridays and Saturdays, which is like a farmers market for pot with guest vendors invited to show off and sell their latest products. Acres is part of the Curaleaf empire, which operates a separate dispensary on Las Vegas Boulevard near The Strat.
How to order: Visit 10 am–10 pm or take advantage of free delivery on orders of $80 and up. Curaleaf is open 8 am–3 am.
ShowGrow is fast becoming a top destination for cannabis for those in Summerlin and the Southwest Valley. Located on the corner of a busy intersection, the dispensary operates a tight two-lane curbside pickup operation. The store itself isn't the largest in Vegas, but it has a well-rounded selection that's organized and easy to navigate. New users won't be overwhelmed. Top edibles include Kushy Punch and Cheeba Chews (a taffy that you can enjoy on its own or mix in with coffee). ShowGrow also carries four flavors of Sip, a THC-infused elixir.
How to order: Shop online or visit 7 am–2 pm.
With all the cannabis competition in Las Vegas, it's becoming more important than ever to stand out from the crowd. Thrive recently opened the first cannabis dispensary in the Southern Highlands, custom-designed with a conveyor belt delivery system to bring product out to customers. It was launched during the pandemic to maximize social distancing, and has proven to be a fun gimmick that makes efficient use of time and storage. Thrive is also the first dispensary in Nevada to have CocoonPod service kiosks (which are kinda like an ATM for weed). An art installation out front, featuring mannequins posed in different outfits, is another quirky touch. Thrive has three other Southern Nevada locations (including one with a drive-thru option in North Las Vegas) and another in Reno.
How to order: Check with each location for hours and options for delivery/curbside pickup.