Push continues in Las Vegas for public marijuana consumption

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Las Vegas is inching toward public cannabis consumption lounges, which would be a boon to marijuana businesses selling to tourists with no legal space to smoke.

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Councilman Bob Coffin has proposed an ordinance that would allow the city to permit marijuana consumption lounges.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Bryan Scott, the assistant Las Vegas city attorney, said lounges could be granted approval as soon as March.
  • The lounges could sell paraphernalia but not marijuana.
  • State law bans marijuana deliveries to anywhere other than a home, so consumers would have to take their own cannabis to a lounge.
  • In September, the state’s Legislative Counsel Bureau released an opinion that state law does not prevent local municipalities from allowing such lounges.
  • Nevada officials are holding off on public consumption until they see how a social-use initiative plays out in Denver, where regulators just received their first social-use applicant.