LAS VEGAS, Nevada – A Las Vegas superstore that is the world’s largest marijuana dispensary is getting cannabis smokeables and edibles into its customers’ hands in the same way fast-food restaurants serve up hamburgers and French fries.
Nuwu Cannabis Marketplace, a Paiute Indian-owned establishment that opened last month on sovereign tribal lands, launched a drive-thru window on Nov. 10 that lets people pick up their marijuana products from the comfort of their vehicle and is promising not to take more than a minute per customer.
Benny Tso, president of the Las Vegas Paiute tribe, told EFE that the cannabis drive-thru service – the nation’s first – was conceived mainly with disabled customers in mind.
Until recently, that tribe was known as the owner of a smoke shop that is the United States’ largest single retailer of cigarettes.
But in the wake of Nevada’s move to join six other states and the District of Columbia (Washington DC) in legalizing recreational marijuana (pot legally went on sale on July 1) it decided to open the cannabis dispensary, which like the discount smoke shop is located at a spot easily accessible by locals and tourists alike.
Those wanting to choose from the marketplace’s full menu must order online, while a limited selection is available to those who make their selections on-site.
The store offers more than 500 products of all different types, from cannabis-derived edibles, beverages and lotions to marijuana in its raw flower form, Tso said.
The 1,500-sq.-meter (16,125-sq.-foot) Nuwu Cannabis Marketplace is open 16 hours a day and seven days a week and is protected by tight security measures, including specialized personnel and surveillance cameras that monitor the drive-thru window, as well as the entire building and its perimeter.
The recently inaugurated drive-thru currently serves an average of 15 customers daily, but that number is expected to rise to 40 or 50 per day now that the year-end holidays are approaching.