Cannabis consumption lounges are coming to the city of Las Vegas.
In a 5-1 vote, the City Council on Wednesday denied Councilwoman Victoria Seaman’s motion to opt out of allowing such businesses.
Councilman Stavros Anthony, who wasn’t at the meeting, did not vote.
By not responding to a letter from the Nevada Cannabis Compliance Board earlier this month, the city automatically opted in to the licensing process, but still had an opportunity Wednesday to change course.
Unincorporated Clark County and Las Vegas will be the only jurisdictions in Southern Nevada to host the lounges, which are akin to taverns, but with no alcohol sales allowed.
The businesses will allow marijuana customers to smoke the drug legally for the first time outside of private homes since voters legalized recreational use in 2016. This left out the 40 million or so yearly tourists without a place to legally smoke, having them to resort to doing so illegally in the street, parking garages or hotel rooms, officials have stressed.
Seaman said she would have rather the City Council first see what happened with Clark County’s lounges as a “trial and error” before allowing them in the city, and wait for a second round of licensing, which would have to be determined by state lawmakers. [Read More @ Las Vegas Review-Journal]