‘Amsterdam on Steroids’ Is One Step Away as Las Vegas Celebrates Its Five-Year Adult-Use Anniversary

‘Amsterdam on Steroids’ Is One Step Away as Las Vegas Celebrates Its Five-Year Adult-Use Anniversary
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<![CDATA[On the eve of the adult-use cannabis launch back in July 2017, Nevada State Sen. Tick Segerblom promised the world that Las Vegas would become a legal marijuana paradise unlike anything ever seen before. He called it “Amsterdam on Steroids,” an ambitious yet vaguely realistic goal for a city that specializes in around-the-clock accommodations replete with glitz, glamour and extravagance.“Las Vegas will be the global capital of legal cannabis,” Segerblom declared at an event the night before adult-use sales officially launched. “People will come from everywhere to enjoy our industry.”Five years later, Sin City is home to the globe’s two largest dispensaries, the biggest and priciest products—including a 1.5-ounce weed cigar that sold for $11,000 and a 24-foot glass bong on display at a local cannabis museum—and countless drive-thrus that let people purchase the plant like fast food. Over a half-dozen Native American tribes across Nevada have opened dispensaries of their own, and cannabis taxes have contributed some $250 million to the state’s public schools.Yet the road at times has been anything but smooth sailing. And there’s still a final, all-important step to go.Still Waiting for LoungesWithout cannabis consumption lounges, the millions of tourists that fill hotels on the Vegas Strip and downtown Sin City are still stuck using the plant against the law—even when they buy it legally.“We’ve been waiting for more than three years to open consumption lounges,” explained Frank Hawkins, a former Las Vegas City Councilman and owner of Nevada Wellness Center dispensary. “But we’ve been stymied every time by the gaming industry.”Hawkins, who also played in the NFL and won a Super Bowl in 1984 with the Los Angeles Raiders, was on the brink of debuting his 12-room, 7,000-square-foot cannabis entertainment venue on the second floor above his dispensary as far back as 2019. The Las…

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