Let me reiterate. I was not under the influence of any substance at the time of this incident.
Planet 13 bills itself as a “cannabis superstore and entertainment complex.” As you approach you see 12 giant LED lotus flowers sprouting from the roof. But people aren’t coming here for orbs, interactive floors, or the massive water feature in front of the building. It’s all about the product, and the 16,200-square-foot sales floor is filled with just about any bud, oil, soap, edible, cartridge, joint, or beverage you could possibly get your mitts on. Even better, there were none of the long wait times or lines that have plagued Massachusetts pot dispensaries.
“I’d say about 80 or 90 percent of the people who come in are tourists or first-timers,” said Planet 13 budtender (!) Zach Brengman. “A lot of people come in and have no idea what they’re looking for. But that’s what we’re here for. We give them a little direction. We have 500 different products, so it’s pretty overwhelming.”
It stands to reason that Las Vegas would play host to the world’s largest dispensary. This is a city that’s all about excess and indulging vices. It’s a perfect storm for pot tourism. Planet 13 hopes to play a big role in that market. The entire complex is currently 40,000 square feet, but there are plans to eventually expand the superstore to over 100,000 square feet with the addition of a coffee shop and restaurants.
But it gets even larger than that. Many Las Vegas dispensaries are located in the same area, and some have started referring to the district as “the green circle.” As of last May, Las Vegas had more than 30 dispensaries. More have since arrived. This is a city that’s