Las Vegas cannabis lounge options are taking shape

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Marijuana consumption lounges in Las Vegas are looking more and more as if they’ll become a reality for cannabis entrepreneurs.

At a Clark County marijuana advisory panel meeting Monday, the board “spent most of its first meeting” talking about proposals for such a concept and how cannabis clubs would be regulated, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

A representative from the resort hotel industry said clubs “are the realistic solution to making sure” that marijuana tourists don’t consume cannabis at casinos.

The panel’s meeting included debates over where such lounges could be physically located. For instance, one proposal was based on a one-year pilot program that would allow existing MMJ dispensaries first crack at lounges, which would be located either within the retail storefronts or in adjacent office space.

But a point of contention for the panel was whether patrons should be required to bring their own cannabis, or if lounges would be required to sell on-site, as bars and nightclubs are required to do with alcohol.

The panel didn’t decide on any specific recommendations Monday, and a bill in the legislature to permit local governments to sanction private clubs must become law before cannabis lounges can move forward.

Nevada is one of a number of states considering laws to allow consumption of marijuana in public places.