Recreational marijuana sales to start in Incline Village on Saturday |

Recreational marijuana sales to start in Incline Village on Saturday

Cannabis infused powder, pictured here on May 22, 2017 at NuLeaf dispensary in Incline Village, is form of edible marijuana products available.
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One of the only existing medical marijuana dispensaries at Lake Tahoe will open its doors Saturday as the first, and currently the only, recreational cannabis dispensary at the lake.

NuLeaf Tahoe in Incline Village plans on hosting a party on Saturday, Aug. 5, starting at 11 a.m. as a way to celebrate the start of recreational sales. NuLeaf is poised to to be the only dispensary with recreational sales at least through 2017.

That is due to the voter-approved law legalizing marijuana in the state of Nevada. That law allowed some existing medical marijuana dispensaries to begin sales on July 1. Those businesses were packed with people when sales started.

On the California side, the voter-approved law pushed back all recreational sales to 2018.

Currently NuLeaf is the only legal dispensary on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe.

On the South Shore, the city of South Lake Tahoe has yet to decide if it will permit legal recreational marijuana businesses. On the Nevada side of the South Shore, Douglas County has banned all recreational marijuana businesses.

NuLeaf invites all of the Lake Tahoe, northern Nevada and northern California community to Saturday’s celebration. The store is located at 877 Tahoe Blvd.

NuLeaf opened its medical marijuana dispensaries in Las Vegas and Incline Village last year.

“Some of our partners grew up in Nevada and thought there was an underserved population when it came to medical cannabis,” Sean Luse, NuLeaf’s chief operating officer said in a press release. “We knew we had to expand to northern Nevada, and now we are able to serve the community both in Incline Village, and around Lake Tahoe.”