by Kelsey Penrose
At the upcoming Carson City Board of Supervisors meeting, which will be held Thursday, July 15 beginning at 8:30 a.m., the board will hold a discussion and possible action regarding banning cannabis consumption lounges within city limits.
On June 4, 2021, Assembly Bill (AB) 341 was signed by Gov. Steve Sisolak following its adoption during the recent legislative session.
Cannabis was made legal throughout Nevada in 2016, but with certain provisions, such as the fact that cannabis can only be consumed on private property, which made it illegal for tourists and residents alike to partake in hotel rooms, dispensaries, vehicles, or in the public streets.
AB 341 sought to correct this oversight by providing designated lounges for cannabis consumption.
However, Carson City lobbied for a provision that would allow local governments to decide whether or not they wanted to allow cannabis lounges within their city or county limits.
Agenda item 15.C for the upcoming Board of Supervisors meeting covers two subitems: the first, a discussion and possible action regarding a business impact statement concerning a proposed ordinance prohibiting the licensing of a cannabis consumption lounge as a business and prohibiting the consumption of cannabis and cannabis products in a public place.
According to the agenda, NRS 237.080 requires a business impact statement to be prepared whenever an ordinance by the adoption of which the governing body of a local government exercises legislative powers.
The business impact statement finds that the proposed ordinance will not impose a “direct and significant” economic burden upon any existing business, but will directly restrict the formation, operation or expansion of a business, according to the agenda.
15.C also will introduce, on first reading, a proposed ordinance prohibiting the