(To do this Cannabis Tourism road trip from Denver to Las Vegas, just read the pages in reverse!)
We LOVE leisurely road trips. There’s nothing like the freedom of exploring at your own pace. We last made the trek to Denver on 4-20 because there’s nothing like celebrating 420 in the Mile High City! Those living on the west coast should check our Los Angeles to Las Vegas road trip article first then pick of the rest of the journey to Denver below.
Cannabis Tourism: Nevada and Colorado — The State of Weed
Colorado is famously the first state in the nation to legalize recreational marijuana. Likewise scoring good ganja is never a problem in the Rocky Mountain state. Even most small towns have at least one retail dispensary, and the bigger the metropolis the more prevalent they become.
Nevada, on the other hand, is in the infancy of its medical marijuana program with lots still to be worked out (as of this writing in late 2015). The good news for tourists is, Nevada offers medical marijuana reciprocity with other medical marijuana states, meaning your state’s medical marijuana card/recommendations will help protect you in the Silver State and allow you to purchase cannabis there, providing you can find a dispensary.
As of this writing in late 2015, friends in Las Vegas tell me there are less than a handful of dispensaries open for business. Yes, they will accept your out of state medical marijuana recommendation, so tourists can fly to Las Vegas and easily and safely score weed. However, be prepared to pay premium prices. As the Las Vegas marijuana scene is still so new, prices are outrageous. Our source paid a whopping $27.00 for a pre-roll!
Sadly, Las Vegas itself is surprisingly conservative when it comes to marijuana. I have had my purse searched at casinos when going into industry parties and the police were at the ready. The men and women in blue were also on site at recent Las Vegas cannabis and hemp festivals, strictly enforcing a no-consumption policy. They had no hesitation being general buzz kills and making an example of anyone who dared light up, even outside. So while you are having fun in Las Vegas, please be careful, be aware, and be discreet.
Luckily, there’s rarely a problem scoring a smoking hotel room in Las Vegas so you can at least have a 420-friendly sanctuary to escape to. The same goes if you are making this trip in an RV.
Cannabis Tourism — Let’s Hit the Road to Denver!
Before leaving, make sure all your vehicle lights are working and your registration and license plates are current (don’t give the police a reason to stop you). Roll up a supply of pre-rolls or make sure the vape pen is filled for stops and breaks, and let’s get this Senior Stoner road trip rolling!
Your best option when leaving Las Vegas is to find Interstate 15 and head north! Leave hungry as there are some great cheap eats not far ahead in Mesquite.
Next Page: A Stop in Mesquite for Great Eats!