Las Vegas, Which Just Authorized Cannabis Lounges, Aspires to be the ‘New Amsterdam’

Las Vegas, Which Just Authorized Cannabis Lounges, Aspires to be the 'New Amsterdam'

More than two years after Nevada legalized marijuana for recreational use, Las Vegas will soon become one of the few jurisdictions in the country to license cannabis consumption lounges. The lack of locations where visitors can legally consume the marijuana they can legally buy has been especially glaring in Las Vegas, which attracts 43 million tourists a year and is home to the world’s largest cannabis emporium. This month the Las Vegas City Council approved an ordinance authorizing licenses for “social-use venues,” which must be physically separated from pot stores and may not sell alcohol. For the first year the licenses will be limited to businesses that are already authorized to sell marijuana. Councilman Bob Coffin, who sponsored the ordinance, said he expects those businesses to open lounges adjacent to their retail locations. The ordinance does not apply to the Las Vegas Strip, which is under the jurisdiction of […]

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