For almost four years, Nevada has had places for tourists to legally buy marijuana but nowhere to legally consume it. That’s about to change with a new law that enables cannabis consumption lounges.
On-site consumption of cannabis products will be permitted at dispensaries or standalone lounges when a new law passed by the Nevada Legislature and signed by the governor earlier this month goes into effect on Oct. 1.
“The passage of [the bill] was a pivotal moment for the state and the industry,” said Brandon Wiegand, chief commercial officer on the Source+ dispensary, which has four locations throughout the state, including three in southern Nevada.
The state Cannabis Compliance Board (CCB) will regulate consumption lounges. Different types of licenses would be issued for sites attached to dispensaries or to stand-alone lounges selling single-use products for consumption on-site. Alcohol cannot be served in any consumption lounge.
The board must create the application and open the application period before any licenses will be issued or lounges can open. County and municipal governments will decide on allowing them in their geographical boundaries.
“The CCB understands the excitement and urgency around lounges and will be working to get that done as quickly as possible,” said Wiegand, who added the Source+ plans to apply for a lounge license.
Among the others planning to open a consumption lounge is Planet 13 Marijuana Dispensary. “We’ve long believed that tourists needed a safe, legal, and enjoyable place to consume cannabis and have been planning for a consumption lounge at the superstore since the bill was originally proposed two years ago,” Bob Groesbeck, co-CEO of Planet 1, said.
NuWu Cannabus Marketplace, on Las Vegas Paiute land north of downtown, currently offers the only legal consumption lounge in the state. The 15,000-square-foot store opened a 1,200-square-foot tasting room in 2019.
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