For night owls, Las Vegas is their kind of town. In Sin City, it’s legal to gamble and buy booze 24 hours a day. Beginning this weekend, it will be legal to buy marijuana any time of day too.
When Nevada legalized the sale of recreational marijuana last November, Las Vegas officials mandated retail outlets to shut their doors from 3-6 a.m. But the city council on Wednesday voted unanimously to allow one shop — Oasis Cannabis — to keep its doors open 24/7. And Benjamin Sillitoe, CEO and co-founder of Oasis Cannabis, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that he plans on making the change as early as Friday.
The move helps clarify a murky set of local laws that appeared to favor some retail outlets over others. In nearby North Las Vegas, Reef Dispensaries already enjoyed all-night status. Earlier this week, Clark County commissioners voted to allow its 26 marijuana stores to keep their doors open, but that change will take weeks to implement.
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Sillitoe told the Review-Journal that businesses neighboring his facility, including a tavern and a body painting studio, are allowed to remain open. “We have people lined up at our door at 6 a.m., and (we) are rushing people out at 3 a.m.,” Sillitoe told the newspaper.
According to North Las Vegas Planning Manager Marc Jordan, being open all night long has not created a nuisance in the neighborhood. The city has allowed all-night sales since the medical marijuana program began three years ago. “We haven’t had any reason to establish hours,” Jordan said. “(And) we haven’t had any concerns come down from City Council or citizen complaints that I am aware of that would warrant us to revisit it.”
Reef Dispensaries CEO Matthew Morgan said the extended hours has helped his business. “It’s thriving,” he said. “Three in the morning to 7 a.m. is a huge window for people who enjoy the nightlife in Las Vegas and are looking for something to settle down.”