LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A new bill introduced by Nevada lawmakers would allow the creation of so-called “pot lounges,” where people could consume cannabis products.
Since 2017, locals and tourists have been going to Nevada dispensaries to buy recreational marijuana. The catch? They must go to a private place, such as someone’s house, to consume it. Pot lounges would provide a different option.
State lawmakers have discussed pot lounges in the past, but legislation never moved forward. Assembly Bill 341 (AB 341) was recently introduced during the 2021 legislation session in Carson City, Nevada, and proponents are hoping it becomes law.
Planet 13 is the world’s largest marijuana dispensary. Located just off the Las Vegas Strip, locals and tourists alike flock there to find and purchase the perfect product. But even with all the room they have, customers cannot consume their cannabis there.
“Las Vegas has been asking this for a long time,” said David Farris, vice president of sales and marketing for Planet 13.
Nevada law states cannabis can only be used in private spaces, but Farris says Planet 13 is ready to have a pot lounge.
“A consumption facility that’s safe for our customers and really adds on to the experience, where you can watch products being made, you can buy products at our facility, and then you can also safely consume,” he explained.
Customers like the concept.
“Hang out with your friends, also just enjoy the products without having to travel and wait to do it; you can just go ahead and crack it open,” said tourist Alexis Harvey.
Now, AB 341 could make that a reality.
Assemblyman Steve Yeager of Clark County recently introduced the bill. It would establish pot lounges as part of dispensaries or as free-standing businesses. Although lawmakers have tried this before, they