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Pioneering Model

Consumption lounges follow Nevada’s lead...
By Sensi Staff
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In Southern Nevada, Clark County Commissioners voted in December 2022 to allow consumption lounges to be operated within the county, which includes the Las Vegas Strip. In February, the Las Vegas City Council approved cannabis consumption lounges within city limits. However, there are strict regulations, including that each lounge must be 1,000 feet apart from the next closest lounge unless one obtains a special waiver from the city or county.

While the rest of the country watches, Southern Nevada is unique for several reasons. There is the city of Las Vegas and unincorporated Clark County, with two different locally governing entities. Also, the casinos located downtown and on the Strip are regulated by the federal government, so they cannot participate in consumption lounges on their properties. However, dispensaries such as Planet 13, located within walking distance of the Strip, are planning to open lounges. The cities of North Las Vegas, Henderson, and Boulder City have not yet voted on the lounges. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, about three-fourths of the state’s population resides in Southern Nevada.

The city of Las Vegas attempted to pave the way for consumption lounges in 2019 with the opening of the Vegas Tasting Room. Housed in NuWu Cannabis Marketplace is owned and operated by the Las Vegas Paiute Tribe on tribal land just two blocks north of downtown Las Vegas. Then the pandemic happened and the lounge was forced to close, although there are plans to reopen later this year.