What It’s Like Buying Weed in the World’s Biggest Cannabis Dispensary
On my recent trip to Vegas for the Champs Trade Show, I visited the largest dispensary in the world, Planet 13. Located just a few blocks off the Strip, this place had me jumping with excitement.
Opened on Nov 1, 2018, Planet 13 has been able to make a pretty good name for itself and has since been featured in many cannabis and mainstream news features.
Planet 13 is not only a dispensary. The “cannabis superstore and entertainment complex,” as it brands itself, is a massive, sprawling 112,000 square foot complex in which you can find anything your stoner heart desires.
Want to grab a bite to eat or enjoy some art displays? You can also do that. Want to just stand in front of one of the many huge LED displays, you can do that too.
Lights and interactive design follow you throughout Planet 13. In fact, the very first thing you’ll see when approaching the super-dispensary are 13 15-foot-tall LED lotus flowers on the roof of the building and a towering 18-foot water fountain in the parking lot in front of the dispensary.
Once inside, you’re greeted by a check-in counter where a friendly lady checks your ID, and if you’re over 21, hands you a printed QR code.
The code is needed to open the security gate that grants you access to the dispensary but not before playing like a kid with the interactive koi pond installed in the floor.
Once you make it through a curved tunnel, washed in bright lasers, you are met with a variety of options on how to buy your products.
While you can explore the huge showroom and the hundreds of products on display yourself, for novice cannabis users, I recommend getting a number from check-in machines and waiting for a budtender to advise you and pick your products.
It does take a little while for a budtender to become available, and you can use that time to explore Planet 13 and have a look at all the wonderful products they have to offer.
If you decide you don’t need help from a budtender, you can snap a picture of the strain of your choice at one of the many display cases, and head to a checkout counter where they will prepare your order.
This novel method saves time, and yes, you can actually take pictures anywhere at Planet 13, which is something most dispensaries don’t allow.
If you’re a Las Vegas local, Planet 13 even offers a delivery service for online orders and in-store pickup.
The selection at Planet 13 is mindboggling. Currently, Planet 13 sells 90 different strains of flower, 129 vape products, 95 different types of edibles, 79 different extracts, 77 types of pre-rolled joints and blunts, 35 different CBD and THC tinctures, and 13 different types of creams and lotions.
Even for someone like myself, who has been at hundreds of coffeeshops and tried at least as many different strains, this type of variety can be a bit overwhelming at first.
The obvious upside to this massive selection is that they will most likely have your favorite strain. And even if they don’t, you’re sure to find at least one you’ll love.
What I really appreciated about Planet 13’s product display, is that they tell you not only the strain’s name and origin, but also its THC, CBD, and CBN percentages and even the terpene levels.
The only downside is that you can’t smell the products you see since everything is sealed in glass boxes, but that holds true in most US dispensaries. Planet 13 does, however, have a special scent station where you can go to smell the strains. I found that to be a bit tedious as you have to remember what you strain you wanted, stand in line just to smell it, and continue your search.
Per visit, you’re allowed to buy up to one ounce of flower, or one-eighth of an ounce of concentrate. If that’s not enough, you should take a good look in the mirror, and then just come back the next day.
At checkout, you will receive your bud in luxurious glass jars, and after you paid for your products, you will be handed a sealed bag that has to be kept sealed until you leave the premises.
Be aware that consuming cannabis on-site is strictly forbidden by law, and Clark County (where Las Vegas is located) prohibits the possession and consumption of marijuana products on gaming properties, such as the Las Vegas Strip.
“So, where am I supposed to get high then,” I can hear you ask yourself.
By law, cannabis can only legally consumed on private property, which automatically excludes any hotel or public space. Unless you rented a cannabis-tolerant Airbnb or have a friend that lives in Vegas, you can’t legally get high there.
Does it happen anyway? Obviously yes. A lot, actually. You can smell weed pretty much anywhere you go in Vegas. The $600 you’ll have to pay when they do catch you doesn’t seem to scare people at all, and I’m not sure how strictly this ban is being enforced.
Wanna play it save? Either don’t get high at all (I know, right?!) or use a vape pen or some edibles, and no one will ever notice you consuming on the Strip.