Las Vegas, Nevada: the gamblers’ paradise, a dream destination for all players, and the top bachelor party cliché. Sin City gets ready to indulge all cannabis users—Vegas style, featuring the largest dispensary in the world, cannabis stores open 24 hours, and now cannabis consumption lounges.
Is Weed Legal in Las Vegas?
The State of Nevada legalised medical cannabis in 2000, recreational cannabis in 2017, and nowadays adults over 21 can legally buy up to one ounce of cannabis at any licensed retailer. People who live away from dispensaries are allowed to grow up to six plants at home. Still, consumption in public spaces is prohibited and smokers may face a fine.
In a way that fits the expectations of both tourists and locals, Las Vegas is the home to Planet 13: 1500 square meters exclusively dedicated to the sale of cannabis seeds, extracts, infused products, joints, and vapes from different brands. This dispensary’s entertainment complex extends up to 3700 square meters.
Cannabis demand can be perceived by the increasing number or dispensaries and a new legislation that allows these stores to remain open 24 hours a day. Now, the opening of cannabis consumption lounges mark the beginning of a new era for this plant in the State of Nevada. Las Vegas is the first city in this state to authorise marijuana social use venues. Other cities, such as New York, are also moving forward in terms of legislation and introduce laws that benefit users. The support for federal weed legalisation was evidenced by the attendance of politicians at the NYC Cannabis Parade & Rally 2021.
Where and How Will These Lounges Operate?
Councilman Bob Coffin, who sponsored this ordinance, stated that he intended lounges to be set up next to existing dispensaries. These lounges cannot offer, sell, distribute nor store this drug but sell or distribute devices related to consumption. Only adults over 21 are allowed in and the sale and consumption of alcohol is forbidden within the premises. They are prohibited within 1000 feet from schools and casinos and 300 feet from institutions such as churches.
When Will They Open?
According to public officials, a special licensing procedure may last several months, but by October, people will be able to enjoy the first social cannabis consumption lounges in Las Vegas.