Recreational cannabis dispensary NuLeaf opens on Lake Tahoe

October 11, 2017
Michael Macor
Snow on the mountain peaks at the Squaw Valley Ski resort near Truckee, Calif., as seen on Tuesday Nov 4, 2014.
SOURCE: Michael Macor

Lake Tahoe, the largest alpine lake in North America, bestrides the California-Nevada border, and offers a slew of activities to vacationers, including mountain biking, hiking, and boating. Now, visitors can add another destination to their Tahoe itineraries: a recreational cannabis dispensary.

Nevada’s NuLeaf dispensary, set to open on August 5, will be the lake’s first recreational cannabis dispensary -- four miles from California’s border, in Incline Village, Nev.

The dispensary isn’t something you’d see in Las Vegas. With its cabin-like structure, unfinished wood facade, and backyard redwood trees, NuLeaf fits comfortably amongst Tahoe’s Jeffrey pines and rock outcrops.

Lake Tahoe's newest recreational cannabis dispensary, NuLeaf.
NuLeaf Tahoe

Last November, Nevada voted to legalize recreational pot. And in early July, the Silver State’s dispensaries began selling it. California municipalities, on the other hand, have yet to issue any recreational licences anywhere in the state.

“Some of our partners grew up in Nevada and thought there was an underserved population when it came to medical cannabis,” said Sean Luse, NuLeaf’s chief operating officer 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.”

On August 5, The dispensary is holding a grand opening at its location in Incline Village. According to the company press release, the first 50 people in line will receive commemorative t-shirts and the first 50 customers will receive pre-rolls for a penny with each purchase.”

NuLeaf Dispensary, 877 Tahoe Boulevard, North Lake Tahoe, Incline Village; (775) 404-5323;