CARSON CITY — Just as one local government made its move to allow for marijuana consumption lounges, an amendment to a bill in the Legislature threatens stall those efforts.
The Assembly Judiciary Committee approved the amendment to Assembly Bill 533 Friday morning. The bill would create the Cannabis Compliance Board, one of Gov. Steve Steve Sisolak’s key proposals this session.
In its original version, the bill would have given the new board the authority to hand out state licenses to operate consumption lounges. But the amendment approved in committee Friday excised that language from the bill and added a provision that would temporarily bar local governments from licensing such lounges.
That prohibition on local governments would expire on July 1, 2021, under the new amendment.
Assemblyman Steve Yeager, D-Las Vegas, chairman of the committee, said the changes came at the request of Sisolak’s office.
“I just think we’ve got to get it right. And I don’t feel comfortable that we were going to get that balance right in the next 10 days,” he said. “So while I would like to see them open as quick as possible, I also don’t want to have a situation where they’re opening and they’re not successful and they have ail kinds of associated problems.”
The amendment also calls for the cannabis board to conduct a two-year study on consumption lounges.
“The governor believes that it’s better to address this issue the right way than the quick way, which is why he’s establishing the Cannabis Compliance Board to address some of the issues that have arisen as a result of rushed decisions made in the past and to establish a comprehensive, statewide regulatory structure that will make Nevada’s cannabis industry the gold standard in the nation,” Sisolak’s spokeswoman Helen Kalla said in a statement. “The