The night time of June 30, hundreds of hashish lovers descended on Las Vegas ready for the clock to strike midnight. When it did, for the primary time, the doorways of dispensaries in Sin City opened to leisure customers amid a spectacle that included get together buses and DJs. But a few fifteen-minute drive away, Henderson—the second largest metropolis in Nevada—was nonetheless waffling about whether or not they have been going to permit the leisure market in. They lastly did on October 20.
Henderson, a conservative household city, is simply one other instance of what can occur when a authorities—on the federal or state degree—legalizes hashish, however leaves it as much as native municipalities to determine whether or not they’ll truly allow gross sales. This is presently being seen in Canada, the place the federal authorities has made strikes to allow the leisure market by this summer time, however most provinces have but to move laws to make it a actuality. It’s additionally being seen in one of many largest potential hashish markets on the planet, California, the place the state permitted rec gross sales to start on January 1, however some cities have determined that, for now, they’re not going to open dispensaries in any respect.
Up till October, Henderson residents interested by buying leisure marijuana needed to journey to Las Vegas, which may be anyplace from 5 to 20 miles outdoors their group. This might not appear far however it could possibly take greater than an hour by public transportation, one thing that’s typically not possible for senior residents or individuals with circumstances that is perhaps improved by the medical use of hashish.
“There are a lot of retirees in Henderson, Nevada who are sensitive about how far they want to travel to do their shopping,” stated Andrew Jolley, Nevada’s Dispensary Association President. Jolley owns certainly one of 5 dispensaries in Henderson, Nevada that started grownup gross sales a pair months. He additionally owns a dispensary in Las Vegas.
According to Jolley, there have been a shocking variety of conservative Henderson residents with out medical marijuana playing cards who’ve been coming to his dispensary to study hashish since rec gross sales began. In order to ease these shoppers, he’s tailor-made the expertise at his dispensary, referred to as The+Source, to hold merchandise particularly for wellness. He’s additionally modified their hours to accommodate native residents, locations an emphasis on schooling, and retains a wheelchair subsequent to their entrance door, which he says will get used each day.
“Just the overall experience in Henderson is a little more hands-on,” Jolley stated. “We have slightly more, what we call, ‘customer advisors,’ who are there to talk to customers who want to have more of an interaction. We’ve heard a lot of positive feedback.”
Despite the success, Jolley says Henderson residents and officers have been initially not sure of whether or not they needed leisure marijuana within the metropolis in any respect.
The “Initiative to Regulate and Tax Marijuana,” which legalized leisure marijuana in Nevada for adults over 21, acquired a ‘yes’ vote by a slender margin in November of 2016. After it handed, Las Vegas instantly geared as much as start gross sales by the summer time of 2017, however the Henderson City Council issued a six-month moratorium on leisure marijuana of their metropolis. Jolley wasn’t stunned.
“Henderson did the same thing under medical. Henderson implemented a short-term moratorium and did play a little bit of a wait and see,” Jolley stated. “But I think it was more intended to take the temperature of the city.”
In spite of the extra time it took Henderson residents to get entry to leisure weed, Jolley applauds the City of Henderson’s strategy. “I think they did an outstanding job,” he says.
What occurred in Henderson, Nevada could possibly be an instance of what is going to occur in additional conservative cities in states like California too. They may have to attend and see how neighboring cities reply to leisure weed earlier than they determine to hitch in.