Las Vegas will get a new attraction this fall—cannabis consumption lounges.
Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak signed a bill this week to license and regulate cannabis consumption lounges. The law is a big deal for Nevada’s cannabis industry because it has been illegal to smoke, vape, or eat marijuana products anywhere except for a private home. That means, especially for tourists in Las Vegas, while it’s easy to buy weed at the many dispensaries in Sin City, finding a place to toke up was a different matter. (It’s a misdemeanor to consume in public and hotels and casinos have banned cannabis consumption.) But, by October, Nevada should be home to its first cannabis lounges.
Assembly Bill No. 341, sponsored by Assemblyman Steve Yeager, will allow for dispensaries to apply for on-site consumption licenses as well as standalone businesses to open what will essentially be a pot bar.
The rules are still being written, but lounges will not be allowed to host gambling or alcohol. Regulators are also defining the types of cannabis products that will be allowed in lounges, but the bill legalizes smoking on premises and the consumption of single-serve THC-infused edibles and beverages. Live entertainment will also be allowed.
“You can think of it like a bar, except obviously there will be no alcohol,” Yeager said during a hearing with Nevada’s senate finance committee. “It could be a joint, an edible, it could be an infused food or infused soda, whatever the concept might be.”
But, Vegas being Vegas, Yeager said he’s excited for the more creative concepts. He says there will likely be weed-friendly yoga studios, cannabis-serving comedy clubs and high-end restaurants that infuse dishes with THC.
“Whatever you could think of could be possible,” said Yeager.
Every dispensary can apply to add