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Dispensaries: Street dealers are posing as legitimate businesses to deliver marijuana in Las Vegas

Posted at 5:48 PM, Apr 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-20 22:07:22-04

Marijuana street dealers are posing as legitimate dispensaries across Las Vegas to take advantage of your money, according to dispensary owners 13 Action News spoke to. 

"They are street dealers posing as legal operators," said David Goldwater owner of Inyo Fire Cannabis Dispensary.

Inyo Fire is currently one of the few dispensaries across the valley that delivery marijuana, but recently Goldwater found a fake Facebook page advertising delivery from his business.

"I've never seen this guy in my life," Goldwater said. "It's frustrating."

Dispensary owners say they find fake cannabis delivery businesses on popular sites like Facebook, Craigslist, and Weedmaps.

"They'll post it online, on Google and anywhere they can get a hit," said Frank Hawkins, Owner of Nevada Wellness Center.

The biggest concern for dispensaries is that the marijuana these illegitimate businesses are selling is not tested. 

"It's scary. They [the customer] really don't know what they are getting," Hawkins said.

Here are three things customers should look out for to let them know they are buying from real dispensaries:

  • Dispensaries can only legally delivery to residential addresses. It is illegal for a licensed dispensary to deliver to hotels or businesses.
  • Most dispensaries will deliver in unmarked cars for the driver's safety.
  • Dispensaries tend to end delivery at sundown. If a dispensary says they will deliver at night, they probably aren't licensed.

Right now, dispensary owners are working with Las Vegas police to crack down on fake marijuana businesses.