After four years of setbacks, cannabis consumption lounges could finally be making their way to Nevada.
As previously reported by Cannabis Dispensary, consumption lounges showed promise as part of a Las Vegas ordinance back in 2017 and again in 2019, but due to setbacks and political debates from the rival gaming industry, the legislation never became a reality.
Now, the measure has a third chance at passing, and this time might be the charm.
Assembly Bill 341 cleared the lower chamber in a 29-12 vote on May 27 and passed the Senate in a 17-12 vote on May 31. The legislation now sits on Gov. Steve Sisolak’s desk, awaiting his signature.
The bill would provide the licensing and regulatory framework for cannabis consumption lounges in Nevada, paving the way for an unlimited number of lounges to open across the state.
Assemblyman Steve Yeager, the sponsor of the bill, told 3 News that there would be two models for the consumption lounges once the bill becomes a law (Sisolak is expected to sign the legislation, according to the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.)
One model is designed for already existing dispensaries, stating that if the dispensary has the space to put a lounge adjacent to it, it is permitted to do so; however, dispensary operators can only have one lounge, no matter how many dispensary locations there are.
The second model is for independent consumption lounges and states that independent businesses can apply to open up a lounge to sell single-use cannabis products, the news outlet reported.
Yeager also said that there would be separate licenses for social equity applicants. These licenses will help increase diversity and create opportunities for individuals to enter the competitive industry, Nevada Dispensary Association Executive Director Layke Martin told 3News.
The legislation would