If you were planning on selling, bringing or using CBD and cannabis products during the 2019 International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association (IPCPR) trade show and convention, you had better change your plans. While marijuana and CBD are legalized for use by private citizens in Nevada, they are not allowed on the premises at The Venetian, The Palazzo or the Sands Expo Center.
Today, the IPCPR sent out a friendly reminder to exhibitors and attendees alerting everyone of this policy. This is another price of moving the show back to the Sands Expo Center–everyone must play by the rules of the host hotels and the Sands Expo Center, which have strict policies against CBD and cannabis products which conflict with with the casino’s gaming license. There have been questions from attendees and some exhibitors on whether these products are allowed, with CBD becoming a popular new product category for many retailers and manufacturers since the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill which legalized industrial hemp [read more here]. Here’s what the IPCPR had to say in its latest statement about CBD and cannabis products at the show:
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.
IPCPR 2019 will take place in Las Vegas, June 28-July 2, 2019. For all the latest news from the IPCPR, visit ipcpr.org.