No city in the country has officially opened a marijuana lounge or a place where you can legally smoke marijuana other than your home. Many in Las Vegas want their city to be the first.
Nevada legalized the recreational use of marijuana almost a year ago, and cannabis stores started selling pot this summer, which was almost no time compared to other states like California who still haven’t been able to open stores for public consumption. Maybe because most of the politicians there are such good friends with their weed connect and they’d feel bad about putting them out of business so quickly.
The obvious benefit for pot lounges in Las Vegas is for tourists. Currently, tourists can buy marijuana, but they have nowhere to consume it unless they have a local friend whose home is 4/20 friendly. And even then, they’ll most likely just rip and dip and then hit the strip. And that’s not cool.
The Nevada Gaming Control Board, one of the most powerful state government bodies, has taken a hard stance on marijuana. The board has said dispensaries, any future lounges and consumption of any kind can’t be near any gaming. Some tourists might be disappointed they can’t smoke on the Strip or at a comedy show in the Silver Legacy, but this rule will only help local businesses. Tourists will be forced to go off the Strip and away from Downtown Reno to buy and consume. But, these prospects are still undecided due to some political disagreements.
Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval has been skeptical of marijuana lounges from the start. Nevada’s “King of Pot” and State Senator Tick Segerblom tried to pass legislation legalizing lounges during this year’s legislative session, but it was vetoed by the governor. Marijuana lounges seemed to be delayed for at