A cannabis dispensary in Las Vegas, Nevada, has just opened its very first drive-thru window. The NuWu Cannabis Marketplace drive-thru is also the first recreational weed retail location of its kind in the United States.
This means that cannabis users in the city will now be able to get their weed fix as easily and conveniently as they can get burgers and fries from their favorite fastfood restaurant. The drive-thru is open seven days a week and offers about 15 different cannabis edibles, concentrates, flowers, vaporizers, and topicals.
The NuWu Cannabis Marketplace is a 16,000-square-foot mega cannabis dispensary owned and operated by the Las Vegas Paiute Tribe. The dispensary, which is located on a tribal land downtown, near Main Street and Washington Avenue, opened only a month before the drive-thru window was put up.
Fast and convenient order system
The dispensary’s drive-thru system is designed mainly for handicapped and elderly cannabis customers, and for those who simply prefer not to get out from their vehicles or are in a rush. Moreover, it is the store’s goal to serve its customers within one minute after placing their orders in order to facilitate smooth vehicle traffic. Benny Tso, the Las Vegas Paiute Tribe’s chairman, said that the NuWu Cannabis Marketplace is all “about speed and convenience.”
To further speed things up, customers can also check out the store’s selective online menu and place their orders online before going to the drive-thru to pick up their items. However, unlike the drive-thru menu that offers a limited selection of only the popular items, the online menu gives customers the dispensary’s full range of 700 different cannabis products to choose from.
Safety measures in place
The drive-thru is actually a converted bank vault window that is outfitted with bulletproof glass and has a bulletproof Kevlar material framing it. There are also at least a couple of surveillance cameras installed both outside and inside the window.
This new NuWu drive-thru window is designed after the same model used in a popular smoke shop also owned by the Paiute Tribe. The smoke shop is located only 100 feet away from the dispensary.
Currently, the NuWu Marketplace employs around 105 people, with 10 per cent belonging to the Paiute community. The profits from the store also stay in the tribe.
Strict rules pertaining to recreational weed
It can be recalled that recreational cannabis was made legal in the state of Nevada since July 2017. Adults aged 21 and above can legally purchase cannabis products and can possess up to an ounce of it as long as they have a government-issued ID or driver’s license.
And as with all recreational cannabis shops in Nevada, the drive-thru has to follow strict rules about selling its products. Every customer in the car should be 21 years old and above and should have their IDs checked.
Other unique dispensaries in the country
While the new NuWu drive-thru is the country’s first fastfood-style recreational cannabis drive-thru, there have been other unique marijuana stores that came before it.
For one, Tumbleweed Dispensary opened a carwash-style drive-thru complete with opening and closing garage-type doors in Parachute, Colorado, on April 20. All Greens Dispensary also opened a fastfood-style drive-thru in Sun City, Arizona on October 27. However, All Greens’ facility only offers for medical marijuana.