Utah residents are driving to their Nevada neighbor’s marijuana dispensaries to take advantage of the legalized recreational cannabis. Mesquite Nevada had a lot of tourists from Utah come through over the weekend to visit the Deep Roots Harvest dispensary.
Mesquite, Nev. • Despite the out-of-state locale, about half the cars at Deep Roots Harvest on Saturday morning carried Utah license plates.
Recreational marijuana sales became legal this weekend in Nevada, and for many southern Utahns, Mesquite’s Deep Roots Harvest dispensary, a 40-minute drive from St. George, now is the most convenient place to get it — even if possession remains illegal back home.
By 11 a.m., a long line snaked into the parking lot of the pot shop, located in a nondescript office building far from the city’s shopping and casinos. Employees set up a tent to shelter waiting customers from the triple-digit heat, as a security guard checked a steady stream of cars into the lot.
Russell Smith came to Mesquite for the weekend from Cedar City. Clad in a T-shirt and board shorts, he’d been eyeing the opening day for recreational pot for some time.
But would Smith risk bringing a stash back to Utah?
No way. The plan, he said, was to get high in his hotel room, then do a little gambling.
“Consume it here, and hopefully be un-buzzed by Sunday, when it’s time to go home,” he said.
Deep Roots opened in October 2016 as a medical marijuana dispensary. It was granted a recreational license — the only one in Mesquite — under Nevada’s “early start program,” which allows only operational medical pot outlets to get retail licenses in the first 18 months of sales.
The store offers a variety of products — edibles, concentrates and topical among them — ranging from $12 per gram to $330 per ounce, depending on the strain.
On its website, Deep Roots describes itself just as a fancy farm-to-table restaurant might. “Drawing upon the knowledge of four generations of Nevada farmers, we’re privileged to carry on the legacy of this ancient plant,” it reads. “Our dedication to transparency, purity, and sustainability inspires each and every harvest.”
Jody, 58, and Paula, 60, rode their motorcycle to Mesquite from St. George on Saturday morning. The couple, who declined to give their last names because marijuana remains illegal in Utah, said they had come to see history being made in Nevada. The state joins Colorado, Oregon, Washington and Alaska with stores where those 21 and older can buy recreational pot.
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