Planet 13, the world’s largest retail cannabis store, opened to a celebrity, industry, and politician-packed crowd of VIPs Tuesday night in Las Vegas.
Nevada state gubernatorial candidate Steve Sisolak, state Sen. Tick Segerblom and North Las Vegas mayor Pamela Goynes-Brown joined several hundred attendees at the $7.5 million Planet 13 super-store dispensary, which features 45 cash registers, a digital koi pond floor, and hovering drone light orbs just off the Vegas Strip.
“Welcome to Amsterdam on steroids. Can you believe this?” said Sen. Segerblom. “This really sets the bar for cannabis in the world.”
Not ‘The Hangover IV,’ just four bros enjoying the Planet 13 opening night bash. (David Downs/Leafly)
As thumping bass music from Justice played, VIPs gnoshed shrimp cocktail, fig brie crostini and lined up for complimentary glasses of Meiomi sparkling wine, Saint Clair Savignon Blanc, and specialty cocktails. Folks talked about the election, posed for selfies with a squad of cabaret dancers, and checked out the store’s interactive LED display. A public grand opening is scheduled to follow on Thursday morning.
A New Stage for Legal Cannabis
Planet 13’s grand opening exemplifies a new stage in legal cannabis commerce—which started at the margins of progressive political reform, but now stands close center of US civic life. Staunch Republican conservatives like John Boehner now sit as directors of cannabis companies.
Libertarian-leaning Nevada legalized recreational cannabis in 2016—along with three other states— and beat California to a retail sales launch in July of 2017. There are now 61 licensed, adult-use stores throughout Nevada serving adults 21 and over who can show valid identification.
Nevada’s cannabis industry generated about $425 million in revenue in its first year of commercial sales, yielding $70 million in taxes, with $25 million devoted to schools. Nevada’s rookie year performance came in 40% over