Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman talks future of pot lounges – Reno Gazette Journal

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Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman announces that she has stage 2 breast cancer last week at a news conference at City Hall. She was diagnosed Jan. 17 and says the cancer is completely contained, manageable and can be treated. Afterward, she filed for her third term as mayor. She plans to receive treatment while campaigning for re-election. (Photo: Rachel Aston, AP)

LAS VEGAS – Because her son has invested in the marijuana business, Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman recused herself from voting on a city ordinance that legalized cannabis consumption lounges throughout Sin City.

Vote or no vote, she’s a champion of the concept.

“So you buy at a shop or somewhere and you can go to your home, but you can’t go to your hotel room and smoke – or enjoy, whatever you do,” Goodman, who won a third and final term in April, told the USA Today Network at her downtown Las Vegas office. “So unless there is some way created to accommodate the use – it’s [an] enormous problem.”

In May, the city voted 4-1 to pass an ordinance that would allow existing dispensaries to open consumption lounges at least 1,000 feet from casinos. Although the passage represented a small victory for cannabis proponents and entrepreneurs poised to push the expanding industry to new heights, the celebration was short-lived.

On Sunday, the Senate approved a bill that would put a two-year moratorium on cannabis lounges to allow a new compliance board to study how designated pot spots would operate inside the state’s one-of-a-kind ecosystem.

‘If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em’

If the bill survives the governor’s desk, plans to open consumption lounges in Las Vegas would stall until 2021.

Goodman expects to see a future where the

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