Last week, the Nevada legislature passed a law that will allow pot shops to sell marijuana in designated smoking lounges. After voters approved weed-friendly laws in Colorado and Washington in 2012, the state’s pot industry has been racing to meet the demand for legal weed.

IN many states, cannabis consumers can smoke or eat their pot in a public place. Some cities, like Las Vegas, have banned the practice, but the state has no laws prohibiting smoking or eating in public.

word-image-9510 Roger Bloss was in his car at a smoking area outside a well-known Strip casino. Bloss, CEO of MJ Holdings, a Nevada cannabis company based in Las Vegas, watched dozens of people inhale and exhale for about an hour. I would say 90 percent of them were obviously smoking hash, Bloss told the Las Vegas Sun newspaper. I don’t think it’s conducive to certain types of tourism, and I’m sure it will affect our convention activities in Las Vegas from Monday through Thursday. What Bloss says he saw is not uncommon on the Strip, in garages or downtown on Fremont Street. And if someone in the tourist corridor doesn’t see someone smoking marijuana, they’ll probably smell it outside the building. There may be another option coming soon. A new law passed by the state legislature and signed by Democratic Governor Steve Sisolak clears the way for marijuana dispensaries to open in Nevada next year. The state’s Cannabis Compliance Board, which regulates the industry, will approve permits for existing dispensary waiting rooms and independent shops. The sprawling Planet 13 center, near the Las Vegas Strip, is already planning the creation of a consumer zone. Most customers are tourists from Las Vegas. In the first quarter of this year, Planet 13 reported revenue of about $24 million for its Las Vegas pharmacy, or about 9 percent of all Nevada pharmacy revenue in the first quarter of 2016. Corresponds to the period from January to March. Maybe they’ll have a place to smoke soon. We’ve wanted to allow consumption in this complex for a long time, says David Farris, spokesman for Planet 13. We are in the process of preparing and assembling a team to make concrete plans. According to Farris, the goal is to build something that could potentially serve hundreds of cannabis users and become a landmark that could rival the Strip itself. According to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, Southern Nevada welcomed more than 42 million tourists in 2019. Giving them a place to consume cannabis was one of the main ideas in House Bill 341, introduced by Representative Steve Yeager. Apparently there were problems with people drinking alcohol in public places, said Yeager, a Democrat and former chief deputy public defender in Las Vegas. There will be a quick answer when tourists ask where they can eat. I also think that tourists will come to us because we have experience in the salon. Bloss said MJ Holdings would explore ways to create a consumer zone in Las Vegas that would encompass the health, wellness and social aspects of the cannabis market. Since marijuana is still an illegal drug under federal law, it is unlikely that major casinos and other gambling establishments in Las Vegas will have marijuana lounges in their buildings. Citing federal laws, the Nevada Gaming Control Board in 2018 required licensees not to participate in the marijuana industry. But Bloss said he sees possible changes after the new law is passed in Nevada. Restrooms will be installed and people will leave the stations to go there, he said. The casino will eventually have lounges for consumers. It will happen if the competition forces it. He called the smell of marijuana too pungent for casinos and said people wouldn’t be able to smoke a joint at the tables. Lake Martin, executive director of the Nevada Dispensary Association, said she hopes permit applications will be available later this year or early 2022. There are about a dozen pharmacies in Clark County that have – or are purchasing – space for a waiting room, Martin said. We hope that some of these places will become a sight in themselves. Maybe it will be a cannabis video game store or a comedy club, but we can see some new and interesting concepts coming out of it. The law prohibits dispensary owners from opening a separate consumer lounge that is not located in an existing cannabis store. The sale of alcohol will not be allowed in any consumer area, but the sale of single-use cannabis products will be. The compliance board is expected to issue 20 stand-alone licenses, half of which will be reserved for social justice applicants, i.e., any applicant aggrieved by the provisions of previous laws criminalizing cannabis-related activities. We’ve really been thinking about how to increase inclusion and diversity in the cannabis industry in Nevada, Martin said. As with pharmacies, stand-alone restrooms must be located at least 457 feet from a casino with an unlimited gaming license, 305 feet from a school, and 91 feet from a public facility. Simon Nankervis, CEO of The Source, which operates dispensaries in Las Vegas, Henderson, Reno and North Las Vegas, said the company could add recreational space to another dispensary still in the planning stages, provided the company gets the proper green light from the Compliance Commission. The source is generally for locals, although he also sells to tourists. He says each room could probably accommodate two to three dozen people, fewer than Planet 13’s management already has. We need to be able to better control the use of cannabis now, Nankervis said. We know what tourists like about the Strip and Fremont Street. I think this (legislation) will change the way we as an industry think about the market. Nankervis said industry leaders want to know the details of the licensing process for the shows. He says this is the next step in the evolution of the cannabis industry in Nevada, which legalized recreational cannabis in 2017. Colorado, which legalized recreational marijuana in 2012, has also allowed legal marijuana lounges, as has California, but the coronavirus pandemic has made it difficult to grow. If you look at more mature markets like Colorado and California, they’ve had waiting rooms there for a long time, and that creates an environment where everything is more under control, Nankervis said. This Nevada law puts us, as an industry, on equal footing with our neighbors. For Yeager, the signing of Sisolak marked the end of a year-long process. What we can see here in Las Vegas might be better than what we can see in Amsterdam, Yeager said. I can’t tell you how many people I’ve talked to about the cannabis industry, the cannabis chamber, the gaming industry, the governor’s people, and people who want to get into the industry. In the end, we got more support than I expected.

You May Also Like

Researchers not yet ready to say whether or not cannabis affects brain development in young people with ADHD

Studies have shown that cannabis can help treat symptoms of attention deficit…

3 Rare Marijuana Side Effects

Marijuana is a controversial but increasingly popular drug that is used for…

Pharmacist Led CBD – Green Roads

There is currently a massive spike in interest for CBD products. There…

Gabriel Cannabis Lemon OG |

I was growing my strains when my neighbor asked me if I…