Nevada cannabis lounges legalized: What comes next? – Las Vegas Review-Journal

CARSON CITY — Some four years after Nevada saw its first legal marijuana sales, locals and tourists alike will soon be able to consume it in legal cannabis lounges.

Gov. Steve Sisolak on Friday signed Assembly Bill 341, which gives the state Cannabis Compliance Board the authority to license and regulate cannabis consumption lounges.

Since legal cannabis sales started in Nevada in July 2017, tourists, and even some renters, have found themselves in a conundrum: they could purchase marijuana legally, but there’s been no where for them to consume it. That’s because the law approved by voters in 2016 said that marijuana could only be consumed inside a private residence.

But with lounges coming online possibly as early as this fall, that problem will soon be solved, said Assemblyman Steve Yeager, D-Las Vegas, who sponsored the bill.

And it gives tourists just one more reason to visit Las Vegas, he added.

“I think this really solidifies us as the cannabis destination,” Yeager said.

Clark County Commissioner Tick Segerblom, who led the initial attempt to legalize lounges as a state senator in 2017, said the new law is a “game changer.”

“Consumption lounges are so perfect for our tourism industry,” Segerblom said. “The sooner we get out there, the more we’ll be looked upon as a marijuana-friendly city and state.”

The state cannabis board will be tasked with crafting regulations to determine how lounges would operate. But the law gives a pretty good preview.

What will these lounges look like?

The new law sets up two different types of lounges: ones that will attached or directly adjacent to an existing dispensary and separate, independent consumption lounges.

Some lounges will likely will have a bar-like set up, where customers 21 and older would be able to buy single-use or ready-to-consume marijuana products

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