Cannabis dispensaries in Las Vegas will now be allowed to operate drive-thru windows, a move that follows other jurisdictions in Southern Nevada establishing what proponents say is a safer and more business-friendly model during the pandemic.
Without discussion, the City Council on Wednesday voted 6-0 to rescind a citywide restriction on dispensary drive-thru operations. Las Vegas is merely the latest to lift the constraint: Clark County and North Las Vegas did so last summer. (Mayor Carolyn Goodman abstained from the vote, since a family member is involved in the marijuana industry.)
The bill, sponsored by Councilwoman Michele Fiore, received broad support from the marijuana industry, which emphasized safety and a new path forward for business amid statewide restrictions to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
“Drive-throughs allow dispensaries to serve customers efficiently and safely, while balancing capacity limits and other restrictions,” wrote Layke Martin, executive director for the Nevada Dispensary Association, in a letter of support. “Drive-throughs provide an opportunity for customer convenience, especially for elderly or medical patients who have difficulty leaving their cars.”
During a hearing on the bill last month, Ashley Blackwood, the compliance director for Thrive Cannabis Marketplace, said the dispensary had been operating a drive-thru