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Consumption Lounges in Nevada

By: Salma Granich One of the largest issues that continue to plague the cannabis industry is the inability for out-of-state residents to be able to consume cannabis products that they purchase at state-licensed local dispensaries. Specifically, Las Vegas is one of the largest tourist cities in the country and with the state of Nevada having […]

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By: Salma Granich

One of the largest issues that continue to plague the cannabis industry is the inability for out-of-state residents to be able to consume cannabis products that they purchase at state-licensed local dispensaries. Specifically, Las Vegas is one of the largest tourist cities in the country and with the state of Nevada having legalized cannabis for both medical and recreational use, tourists are faced with the difficult problem of having no legal place to consume their cannabis products. Regulations currently legalize the use of cannabis within a private dwelling, but for tourists visiting from out of town and staying in casinos, it is not something that is feasible for them to do.

Casinos have been advised by the Nevada Gaming Commission to prohibit the consumption of cannabis on their premises, as cannabis is still federally categorized as a Schedule I controlled substance according to the Controlled Substance Act. As such, cannabis is still considered to be federally illegal and allowing any association with the cannabis industry could risk casinos losing their gaming license.

In order to take a proactive step towards correcting this problem, the creation of cannabis consumption lounges have been discussed as a solution. With a consumption lounge, such businesses would be regulated by the state and allow persons over the age of 21 to consume marijuana on the premises, out of the view of the public eye.

On May 1, 2019, the Las Vegas City Council, which controls parts of downtown Las Vegas and Fremont East areas, took the first step towards legalizing consumption lounges by approving an ordinance that would allow the creation of these social consumption lounges within the Las Vegas city limits.

However, with the recent passage of Assembly Bill 533, the local ordinance is put in limbo as the bill places a moratorium on cannabis lounges for two years. The bill prohibits the establishment of consumption lounges until a two-year study can be made on the effects of such lounges and how they would work in Nevada. The bill also establishes the creation of the Cannabis Compliance Board, which is tasked with outlining when and where the consumption lounges would be allowed, if at all. Critics of this amendment to the bill have expressed their concern as to how the Board would be able to study the effects of consumption lounges, for they do not yet exist.

Nevertheless, as state law supersedes local ordinances, any plans to open consumption lounges are halted until July 1, 2021, when the Board’s study period ends. Until then, tourists are still faced with the difficult task of finding places to privately consume their cannabis products.

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Tuesday, February 9, 2021 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

Marijuana Today Daily HeadlinesTuesday, February 9, 2021 | Curated by host Shea Gunther // South Dakota judge strikes down state’s marijuana legalization vote (Leafly (AP))// Virginia lawmakers pass landmark recreational marijuana legalization bills (Marijuana Business Daily)// Schumer Hosts First Formal Meeting on Legalizing Weed as VA GOP Opposes Legalization (Hill Reporter) These headlines are brought […]

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Marijuana Today Daily Headlines
Tuesday, February 9, 2021 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// South Dakota judge strikes down state’s marijuana legalization vote (Leafly (AP))

// Virginia lawmakers pass landmark recreational marijuana legalization bills (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Schumer Hosts First Formal Meeting on Legalizing Weed as VA GOP Opposes Legalization (Hill Reporter)


These headlines are brought to you by Curaleaf, one of the leading vertically-integrated cannabis operators in the U.S. With legal medical and adult use marijuana dispensaries, cultivation sites, and processing facilities all over the United States, Curaleaf has served more than 350,000 medical cannabis patients and looks forward to helping many more long into the future. Swing over to Curaleaf.com to learn more about this very cool company!


// Deadline for Murphy to Act on NJ Marijuana Bill Pushed Back (NBC Philadelphia)

// Lt. Gov. John Fetterman enters Pennsylvania’s 2022 Senate race (CNN)

// California Clears Up Confusion Over Marijuana Industry Coronavirus Vaccine Eligibility (Marijuana Moment)

// New Jersey Governor Signs Psilocybin Bill To Immediately Reduce Penalties For Possession (Marijuana Moment)

// Wisconsin governor proposes medical recreational cannabis legalization (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Marijuana concentrate sales up 40% as more consumers turn to the product category (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Legal Marijuana Is More Popular Than Joe Biden $15 Minimum Wage Or Rejoining Climate Agreement Poll Finds (Marijuana Moment)

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Tuesday, February 9, 2021 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

Marijuana Today Daily HeadlinesTuesday, February 9, 2021 | Curated by host Shea Gunther // South Dakota judge strikes down state’s marijuana legalization vote (Leafly (AP))// Virginia lawmakers pass landmark recreational marijuana legalization bills (Marijuana Business Daily)// Schumer Hosts First Formal Meeting on Legalizing Weed as VA GOP Opposes Legalization (Hill Reporter) These headlines are brought […]

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South Dakota governor Kristi Noem (GOPQ) is seen in a tightly-cropped photograph while speaking on stage. She is set against a blurred blue background and is giving a condescending frumpy smile framed by her Karen-haircut.

Marijuana Today Daily Headlines
Tuesday, February 9, 2021 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// South Dakota judge strikes down state’s marijuana legalization vote (Leafly (AP))

// Virginia lawmakers pass landmark recreational marijuana legalization bills (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Schumer Hosts First Formal Meeting on Legalizing Weed as VA GOP Opposes Legalization (Hill Reporter)


These headlines are brought to you by Curaleaf, one of the leading vertically-integrated cannabis operators in the U.S. With legal medical and adult use marijuana dispensaries, cultivation sites, and processing facilities all over the United States, Curaleaf has served more than 350,000 medical cannabis patients and looks forward to helping many more long into the future. Swing over to Curaleaf.com to learn more about this very cool company!


// Deadline for Murphy to Act on NJ Marijuana Bill Pushed Back (NBC Philadelphia)

// Lt. Gov. John Fetterman enters Pennsylvania’s 2022 Senate race (CNN)

// California Clears Up Confusion Over Marijuana Industry Coronavirus Vaccine Eligibility (Marijuana Moment)

// New Jersey Governor Signs Psilocybin Bill To Immediately Reduce Penalties For Possession (Marijuana Moment)

// Wisconsin governor proposes medical recreational cannabis legalization (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Marijuana concentrate sales up 40% as more consumers turn to the product category (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Legal Marijuana Is More Popular Than Joe Biden $15 Minimum Wage Or Rejoining Climate Agreement Poll Finds (Marijuana Moment)

Check out our other projects:Marijuana Today— Our flagship title, a weekly podcast examining the world of marijuana business and activism with some of the smartest people in the industry and movement. • Marijuana Media Connect— A service that connects industry insiders in the legal marijuana industry with journalists, bloggers, and writers in need of expert sources for their stories.

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Episode 344 – As Goes the Senate

Andrew Livingston, Ben Adlin, and first-time guest Paul Rosen join host Ben Larson to talk about the the latest develops on the state level for marijuana policy reform and the embrace of legalization by the Democratic party and its leader in the House and Senate. Produced by Shea Gunther. News & Links:• Lt. Gov. John […]

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A dark green marijuana plant grows under white lights against a dark blurred backdrop. The plant is just beginning to bud and has golden yellow hairs clustered tightly.

Andrew Livingston, Ben Adlin, and first-time guest Paul Rosen join host Ben Larson to talk about the the latest develops on the state level for marijuana policy reform and the embrace of legalization by the Democratic party and its leader in the House and Senate. Produced by Shea Gunther.

News & Links:
Lt. Gov. John Fetterman enters Pennsylvania’s 2022 Senate race | CNN

Virginia Legislature Approves Marijuana Legalization Bills On Key Mid-Session Deadline | Marijuana Moment

New Jersey Governor Signs Psilocybin Bill To Immediately Reduce Penalties For Possession | Marijuana Moment

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