Seven Nevada lawmakers visited San Francisco this week and toured two marijuana lounges where they learned about the best practices of legalizing and regulating businesses that permit customers to consume cannabis.
The Las Vegas Sun reports that Clark County Commissioner-elect Tick Segerblom (D) led the caravan, which consisted of five members of the Nevada Assembly and North Las Vegas Councilman Isaac Barron. The legislature attendees were Steve Yeager (D-Las Vegas Valley), William McCurdy (D-Las Vegas Valley), Daniele Monroe-Moreno (D-North Las Vegas), Chris Brooks (D-Las Vegas Valley), and Sarah Peters (D-Reno).
Nevada officials are considering legalizing marijuana consumption lounges, but that’s something casinos will stay far away from. The federal government maintains that cannabis is a Schedule 1 narcotic – the same classification as heroin, LSD, and meth – meaning casinos, which must abide by both US and Nevada laws to keep their gaming licenses, won’t be incorporating weed lounges.
The Nevada lawmakers began their Bay Area visit by meeting San Francisco Office of Cannabis Director Nicole Elliott. She explained how marijuana lounges are regulated in the California city.
Nevada Governor-elect Steve Sisolak (D) believes the state’s recreational marijuana laws need simplifying. Last month, the Clark County Commissioner stated, “The toughest problem being in this business is the uncertainty of it.”
Tourists visiting Las Vegas are permitted to purchase marijuana, but they can only consume the drug in private residences – not casino resort hotel rooms. “These are issues we need to step up and address,” Sisolak declared.
Southern Nevada is poised to become the pot capital of