With 4/20 around the corner, Las Vegas honored as weed mecca

All hail, or inhale, as the case may be
Las Vegas received praise for having four consumption lounges, which it does not, because they are illegal. (Photo by Kym MacKinnon on Unsplash)
All hail, or inhale, as the case may be
Las Vegas received praise for having four consumption lounges, which it does not, because they are illegal. (Photo by Kym MacKinnon on Unsplash)

Las Vegas is the tenth best place in America to get stoned, according to LawnStarter, a service that presumably grows real grass and appears to have no link to the smokable variety.  

Denver, the Mile High City, copped first place with a score of 70.85 out of 100 possible points. It ranked first in ‘social environment’, i.e., low on the buzz kill scale.  

“Colorado leading the nation’s recreational cannabis reform movement in 2012, it’s safe to say being a first mover really has its advantages,” LawnStarter reports.   

Las Vegas earned a 36.82, and ranked sixth in social environment.  

Las Vegas received praise for having four consumption lounges, which it does not, because they are illegal. (Too much “lawn” smoking going on over at LawnStarter?) 

NuWu, located on sovereign tribal land near downtown Las Vegas, is the only consumption lounge in the valley.   

“You haven’t seen anything yet,” Clark County Commissioner Tick Segerblom, the godfather of the state’s legal cannabis movement, said in response to the news. “We will be number one once our lounges open up — food, entertainment, concerts — better than anywhere in the world.” 

Reno, which failed to make the Top 20 best places to get stoned, ranked fourth in the number of head shops per 100,000 residents.  

The Golden State bogarted the list with spots two through six held respectively by Los Angeles, San Francisco, Fullerton, Garden Grove, and Glendale.  

Colorado Springs is in seventh place, followed by Boston and Portland.  

LawnStarter ranked 94 U.S. cities where recreational cannabis is legally available to adults, then applied a formula with weighted data and other stuff likely too complicated to explain for anyone writing about the best place to get stoned.

Dana Gentry
Senior Reporter | Dana Gentry is a native Las Vegan and award-winning investigative journalist. She is a graduate of Bishop Gorman High School and holds a Bachelor's degree in Communications from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Gentry began her career in broadcasting as an intern at Channel 8, KLAS-TV. She later became a reporter at Channel 8, working with Las Vegas TV news legends Bob Stoldal and the late Ned Day. Gentry left her reporting job in 1985 to focus on motherhood. She returned to TV news in 2001 to launch "Face to Face with Jon Ralston" and the weekly business programs In Business Las Vegas and Vegas Inc, which she co-anchored with Jeff Gillan. Dana has four adult children, a grandson, three dogs, three cats and a cockatoo named Casper.