Recreational Cannabis Goes on Sale in Lake Tahoe

Recreational cannabis in now available on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe. On August 5, NuLeaf dispensary opened in Incline Village, Nevada, and became the first dispensary in the Tahoe area to offer recreational cannabis for adults.

The 2,500-square-foot store is on the high end of cannabis outlets, with rustic exposed beams and the feel of a fireplace-warmed cabin. “We really feel that a dispensary should be friendly and welcoming and clean and a safe environment,” Luse told KCRA. “It’s been many years of the campaigns and the political work and we’ve been working on this dispensary here in Nevada for years. And now finally, the day has come.”

Washoe County began allowing recreational cannabis in unincorporated areas on August 4. NuLeaf opened a day later and is the first and only recreational dispensary in Incline Village. The community was very supportive on opening day. A ribbon-cutting ceremony took place on opening day with a speech from Washoe County Commissioner Kitty Jung.

The first 50 customers were promised a pre-roll for a penny. An impressive line of over 100 customers waiting to get in was seen. A variety of customers and patients are expected. Nevada medical cannabis dispensaries are allowed to accept out-of-state doctors recommendations and retail outlets will sell to any adult with valid identification. NuLeaf also operates a cannabis business in Las Vegas and has been in business for over 15 years.

Hopes are high, given that 37 percent of Lake Tahoe’s visitors come from Northern California. Among notable people that have reportedly consumed cannabis in the Lake Tahoe area, the list includes Mark Zuckerberg. But the problem now is where are tourists supposed to legally consume recreational cannabis, as almost any hotel bans cannabis smoking and public smoking is of course prohibited. Most Lake Tahoe visitors that consume cannabis resort to vape pens to avoid unwanted attention.

The shop opens at 11 a.m. Incline Village is located just beyond the California state line.

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