Ahead of the 2019 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show, the IPCPR has announced that marijuana and CBD products will not be allowed on the show floor or its official host hotel.
The International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association (IPCPR) has announced that Sands Expo Center—and the associated Venetian and Palazzo hotels—have a strict zero tolerance policy for any amount of marijuana on its property. Recreational marijuana sales are legal in Nevada though there are restrictions on the amount of marijuana an individual can possess and where it can be possessed.
In addition, the sale and advertising of CBD products, even those that are legal on a federal and state level, are not allowed at the Sands.
There is only one known CBD-infused premium cigar on the market, Jas Sum Kral’s Nuggs.
This decision comes from the Sands, not the IPCPR. It is likely due to the gaming license of the Venetian and Palazzo hotels. Gaming licenses, which allow for legal casinos, are strictly regulated and carry a number of provisions and restrictions.
The 2019 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show begins June 29 in Las Vegas.
The full IPCPR statement is below:
Due to changes with the legalization of possession and consumption of marijuana, IPCPR would like to clarify our stance on the matter in alignment with the policies of the Sands Expo Center, Venetian and Palazzo. While small amounts of marijuana have been legalized in Nevada for use in private residences, the Venetian and The Palazzo prohibit the use and/or possession of any quantity of marijuana on property. This extends to all exhibitors and attendees.
Over the years, we have also noticed an increased availability and use of CBD products throughout the entirety of our membership. While we encourage expanding business, there are certain policies that must be upheld on the show floor and anywhere on host hotel properties while representing IPCPR as an attending member. CBD products are legal on a state and local level, but it is still under scrutiny federally. The Sands has recently made their position very clear that until clarification, regulation, a grander scale of legalization, and the removal of CBD from the Controlled Substance Act occur, they cannot allow advertising or sales of any CBD products on property for commercial use.
Products prohibited from display, distributing and consumption include the following but are not limited to:
• Bud/Flower hemp infused with CBD
• Tobacco products with hemp in the blend
• Vape/pen products
The Sands has agreed to work with us moving forward in the event there are changes in laws regarding CBD products of any kind. Any and all changes will be in accordance with policies and procedures that both benefit and protect the property, operations and all parties involved in compliance with stale, local and federal laws.
IPCPR reserves the right to prohibit the display, distribution or consumption of any products deemed unacceptable or that violate event or property policies and guidelines. These policies are to protect the integrity of the show and the comfort and safety of its members, attendees, and other occupants of the property. These rules will be strictly enforced.