NEVADA ADVANCES LEGISLATION TO ALLOW ON-SITE CANNABIS CONSUMPTION

In #Nevada, lawmakers advance a measure to allow on-site #cannabis #consumption #lounges. The social use legislation, which was approved by the state assembly’s judiciary committee, would create two new license categories: one for existing #marijuana retailers and one for independent venues who could either allow customers to bring their own cannabis, permit #delivery to the site, or apply for limited sales of “ready-to-use” products, which could not be taken off premises. The proposal would also charge Nevada’s Cannabis Compliance Board with creating corresponding regulations and establishing a license fee structure, as well as mandate reduced fees for social #equity applicants. According to the bill’s sponsor, #democrat assemblyman Steve Yeagar, social consumption lounges would provide a solution for the state’s #millions of tourists who are currently permitted to purchase marijuana, but may not have a place to legally use it. Advocates emphasize the measure could provide an economic boost by attracting visitors to the state with consumption venues like cafes, fine-dining restaurants, #entertainment arenas, and wellness centers. While the Las #Vegas city council voted in favor of an ordinance to allow for such sites in 2019, #Governor Steve Sisolak and Nevada legislators delayed the policy’s implementation until this #July, based on a state statute preventing new laws, like the one legalizing recreational cannabis, from being modified for at least two years. If the most recent legislation passes, Nevada will join other tourism-reliant states such as #Alaska, #Colorado, and #California in authorizing #social use lounges.

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