Posted on: August 2, 2021, 11:29h.
Last updated on: August 2, 2021, 11:29h.
Las Vegas marijuana consumption lounges, places where recreational cannabis can be consumed, were legalized throughout Nevada earlier this year.
A woman peruses the cannabis dispensary Planet 13 in Las Vegas. The venue is one of several in the Las Vegas Valley developing plans for on-site consumption. (Image: Planet 13 Las Vegas)
Nevada’s 2016 recreational marijuana law allows anyone over the age of 21 to legally purchase cannabis. But the legislation led to tourists, travelers, and even resident renters being put into a conundrum: where to consume?
The state’s recreational marijuana law permits consumption only inside privately owned residences. Using legally purchased cannabis from a recreational dispensary inside a casino, hotel room, or rental unit is illegal.
Remaining classified as an illegal Schedule 1 narcotic on the federal level, commercial casinos stay far away from anything related to the marijuana industry. Businesses and associates licensed in Nevada by the Gaming Control Board must refrain from any involvement in cannabis.
Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak (D) recognized the consumption challenge for non-residents, and signed Assembly Bill 341 in June. The law gives the state’s Cannabis Compliance Board the authority to license and regulate consumption lounges.
Lounges, Las Vegas Style
Anyone who has been to Las Vegas in recent years is well aware that cannabis is widely consumed throughout Southern Nevada outside private residences. Law enforcement rarely cite individuals solely for violating the marijuana consumption statute, but area dispensaries believe legal, regulated lounges could be yet another draw for the region.
In a lot of people’s minds, a lounge is just four walls with some couches,” Tyler Klimas, executive director of the Cannabis Compliance Board, told the Las Vegas Sun. “I think we’re going to see some experiential ideas.”