Paiute tribe ushers in drive-thru pot
And waited, until Clover Marquinn pulled up and made marijuana news.
“You're the first one,” said the voice behind the thick glass of something you’d see at any bank in Nevada.
“Really? Sweet,” Marquinn said, in return.
She's the first drive-thru pot transaction in Nevada and this customer couldn't be happier.
“I love it. It's a real good idea. It makes it fast for us - order online and pickup,” she told me, sitting in her car.
The Paiute nation opened the largest dispensary in the state on Oct. 16.
That was the "soft opening."
Friday was the official grand opening.
And to mark the occasion, the tribal chairman took a spin through the drive-thru this morning.
“Smooth, you know. Place my order online. Came in. Took all of under a minute to get my product,” said Benny Tso.
Inside the dispensary, customers on two legs think a drive-thru is a great idea.
I asked D’Angelo Williams if his next purchase will be done on four wheels.
“Yes, most definitely,” he said. “I use it for food.”
This is the latest leaf in an industry whose sales are getting higher.
In July, the first month adult sales were legal, Nevada sold $27 million in recreational pot.
In August, $33 million -- a 24-percent jump.
We're selling more than other states that made pot legal, sooner.
No surprise, says our marijuana godfather, State Senator Tick Segerblom, who paved the way for pot sales.
“We're looking for increases of 10-percent a month - and we're already above what the Governor predicted we'd have two years from now,” the Senator says.
At NuWu, to drive through, you order online first. It's convenient for people with disabilities, “medicinal patients – patients that aren’t able to come into the store,” the Chairman says – or, just people in a rush, he adds, “industry workers – people getting out of work not wanting to come inside the store. Being able to look at our online selection, selective online menu, and having them take a look and pick up their products.”
You pay cash-only and pick up at the window, and behind the window, you may meet Asia Tso, who, together with Marquinn, ushered in Nevada's new marijuana chapter, just after 1 p.m.
“It’s really cool. This is my first time in the industry and being part of history is really exciting,” Tso says.
History, which today, drove off, and promises to come back for more.