We’ve all been there: you’re driving on a mission to find food. Maybe you are feeling particularly lazy that day, you’re in a hurry, or maybe your appearance just isn’t up to par and you don’t want to be seen in public.
Either way, there’s one thing for sure: grabbing food anywhere that requires you to leave your car and go inside is a dealbreaker. This limits your options to drive-thrus only. Soon, Las Vegans will have the same convenient option to be just as selective when purchasing marijuana at a dispensary.
This week, the Clark County Commission unanimously gave permission for local marijuana dispensaries to open drive-thru windows.
It will take effect September 3 in unincorporated parts of the county. Businesses that choose to add the drive-thru must submit their plans to both the county and the state for approval before making the necessary modifications to their building.
These rules are in addition to the county’s current regulations dispensaries must follow, such as being at least 1,500 feet from a non-restricted gaming property, and being 1,000 feet from a school.
“I think this is a great idea especially with social distance, and proper safety, they can be an easy and effective way for people to get their products,” said Vegas local and marijuana advocate, Giles Smith.
Since the pandemic, Smith goes to a dispensary once every three weeks, on average. He has used both delivery and pick-up service.
Clark County Commissioner Tick Segerblom’s claim to fame is pushing for legalized recreational marijuana in Nevada. He emphasized that the pandemic demonstrated a need for dispensaries to add drive-thrus.
“There’s no real physical contact and the employees are not exposed and the customers are not exposed,” said Segerblom.
According to Segerblom’s Twitter account, the only tax in Nevada that is bringing in more now than before the pandemic is from legal marijuana sales. Segerblom’s Twitter account also stated that the county’s revenue from marijuana goes strictly to homeless initiatives – the more marijuana that is sold the more we spend on the homeless.
Marijuana dispensaries were considered essential businesses and were not required to pause business operations after Nev. Governor Steve Sisolaks mandate requiring all non-essential businesses to close back in March.
Many marijuana dispensaries added delivery and curbside pick-up options to ensure they were keeping both their employees and customers safe. Adding drive-thru options now gives customers complete autonomy for how they can procure marijuana in the future.