Despite weed's legalization in Las Vegas feeling a little redundant, the plant's sale in Sin City is having some big effects on business. We decided to check in with folks at Sahara Wellness, a dispensary that says it prioritizes "patients over profits," to see how the first month of legalization has been for plant professionals.
"It's been fun for us, and we've gotten to meet a lot of tourists that come in from all over the country that we can really explain to them what this is," said Brenda Gunsallus, the owner of Sahara Wellness.
Gunsallus has been selling medical marijuana for more than a year, but she'd been waiting for recreational use to be legalized. And now that it has been, she's looking to make education and customer care a core piece of her dispensary's brand, online and off.
"We're very big into education and making sure that people understand what they're doing," Gunsallus said.
Those efforts were almost scuppered by logistical problems. People in Nevada wanted legal weed pretty badly, and even the most optimistic of dispensary owners were surprised by the demand. Dispensaries were allowed to open with the amount of product they had on hand, because regulators assumed it would take a little while for it to actually be sold. Long story short, they weren't exactly correct. It was projected that they would run out of product within just a few weeks. As you can imagine, not having any product made some dispensaries pretty nervous.
"We were in a transportation issue where we were not able to get deliveries, and the governor came in and helped us and helped us work through that issue," said Gunsallus.
Thankfully, everything's good now. Gunsallus, Sahara Wellness, and the weed industry in Nevada are going strong.