At 2951 Westwood Drive in Las Vegas, a new dispensary called “Elevate Medical Pharmacy” was recently discovered. At first glance, everything about Elevate seemed to normal. A large sign with a logo out front, A neon “Open” sign in the window. Inside, popular marijuana strains inside glass display cases, a variety of edibles labeled with dates of when they were baked, and even lab testing results for multiple products.
Everything about Elevate Medical Pharmacy looked like a legitimate marijuana dispensary.
But Elevate Medical Pharmacy, never had a state license to sell, according to a police report released Thursday.
The Metropolitan Police Department, along with Clark County and state investigators, raided the shop on Sept. 19. Clayton Bernard, 36, was arrested on suspicion of illegally selling marijuana — a felony even though recreational marijuana sales have been legal in Nevada since July 1.
Andrew Jolley, president of the Nevada Dispensary Association and CEO of The+Source dispensaries, said Elevate is the first illegal shop he’s heard of in Las Vegas “in a long time.”
“We’re still in a transition from the illegal market to the legal marijuana market,” Jolley said. “I’m glad to know that Metro hasn’t backed down from this even though we’re now in a retail marijuana market.”
Elevate’s owner, who also goes by “Raz,” was “very confrontational” and told police that Elevate “had nothing to do with marijuana sales,” according to the police report.
While being arrested, Bernard said he did not understand his rights “because he wasn’t a citizen of the United States,” and added that he was trying to start his own country, the report said.
It was reported Police seized approximately 25 pounds of cannabis, 36 pounds of edibles and 80 grams of concentrates from the store.
It was not immediately clear how long Elevate Medical Pharmacy had been in operation. The Tax Department said it received a tip about the unlicensed marijuana store and contacted Clark County officials, who then reached out to Metro.
“This is a good reminder to the community to make sure they’re purchasing marijuana from a state-licensed store, where the products have been produced and tested under tight regulations,” Tax Department director Deonne Contine said. “Consumers can check to make sure a store is licensed by looking at the list we maintain on marijuana.nv.gov.”
Bernard was released from jail on $3,000 bail, and is scheduled to be back in court on Dec. 5