Las Vegas’ Newest Pot Shop Is Equal Parts Dispensary and Entertainment Complex

When the first American recreational marijuana dispensaries opened in Colorado, most patrons were just happy to have a legit outlet to purchase their bud. Beyond a decent menu, there was little expectation for pot shops to offer anything resembling a high-end experience. These days, however, there’s a lot more competition. Around the country, the best dispensaries promise smartly dressed, well-educated “budtenders,” designer decors, and a boutique shopping environment. With more discerning shoppers in mind, Las Vegas’ newest dispensary is not only a great place to buy your toke, but it’s a full-fledged entertainment outlet as well.

Planet 13 Las Vegas
Planet 13 Las Vegas/Facebook

Situated a mile off the Vegas strip, Planet 13 is the city’s newest, largest, and most elaborate dispensary. Co-CEO Bob Groesbeck notes the inspiration for the name stems from “M” (as in “marijuana”) being the 13th letter of the alphabet — a branding decision that could only have come from the minds of quasi-existentialist stoners.

They chose “Planet” simply because this is one massive head shop. Amid its 16,500 square feet of dedicated retail space, visitors will find plenty of typical cannabis wares including edibles, tinctures, extracts, CBD-infused products, and, of course, flowers. There’s a dizzying selection of cannabis-related accessories including pipes, grinders, and vape pens as well. The 42 cash registers make it feel more like a jumbo-sized pot supermarket than an ordinary head shop.

However, Planet 13 is looking to be a destination-worthy entertainment outlet in its own right. On the roof of the building, 13 large, “blooming,” LED-lit lotus flowers hint at the fact that this is no ordinary dispensary. Visitors use control panels near a fog-shrouded fountain at the entrance to change the colors of the multimedia, interactive flower display. Inside, amid the sea of cannabis-centric display cases, guests will find colorful, motion-activated floors, trippy orb light fixtures hovering overhead, and a massive 3-D projection wall depicting a continuous array of kaleidoscopic patterns.

Visitors won’t find anywhere to “recreate” with their purchases on the premises. Nevada’s 2017 laws prohibit the use of recreational marijuana in any public place, including its many casinos, resorts, and cannabis dispensaries. Planet 13 is actively lobbying to change the law, however, with the hope of allowing customers to enjoy their purchases legally in an onsite marijuana lounge.

Planet 13 Las Vegas has been open since November 1, 2018, and welcomes anyone at least 21-years-old 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Food & Drink

Puerto Rico’s Pork Highway Is a Meat Lover’s Dream

Love pork? Add "La Ruta del Lechón,” or “Pork Highway,” to your bucket list.
Food & Drink

Flying Dog Brewery is Bringing THC-Infused Beer to Maryland

"In a way, the cannabis industry is a lot like the craft beer movement was a few decades ago."
Auto

You Don’t Need a License to Pilot the FlyNano One-Man Seaplane

You don't need a pilot's license but we do encourage aviator goggles and a bomber jacket.
Living

Now Hiring: Earn $130,000 Per Year as a San Francisco Island Lighthouse Keeper

If you're an adventurous type who can cook and drive a boat, this lighthouse keeper gig awaits.
Travel

5 Under-the-Radar Travel Destinations to Visit in 2019

Based on our intuitions and what makes each destination worth visiting in the new year, here are the best unexpected travel destinations of 2019.
Travel

Inside the World’s 5 Sleekest Capsule Hotels

These accommodations are cheap, contemporary, and coffin-like.
Travel

Top 7 Travel Trends to Watch for in 2019

From trekking active volcanoes to digital nomadism, here's how we will travel in 2019.
Travel

Magnificent Castle Hotels You Can Actually Spend the Night in

Dragons and alligator-filled moats not included.
Auto

Camp in Style with FIM Caravans’ Migrator Off-Road Travel Trailer

Take your bedroom, kitchen, and shower everywhere you need them.
Travel

Easily Give the Gift of Air Travel with Skyhour

Think of it like Venmo for air travel, but the booking capabilities of Kayak.
Travel

A 71-Year-Old Frenchman Is Crossing the Atlantic Ocean in a Giant Barrel

In true French style, he's packed foie gras and bottles of wine to boot.
Travel

Pre-Disaster Tourism: 5 Iconic Places to See Before They Disappear and How You Can Help

Many of the world's greatest natural wonders are disappearing — fast.
Travel

Flying Nest Is a Shipping Container Hotel Designed to Travel the World

All the essentials plus eye-popping views without having to get out of bed.
Auto

World’s First All-Electric, Eco-Friendly Motorhome Could Debut in 2019

Early adopters won’t be embarking on any hardcore, off-grid road trips to the Grand Canyon — yet.