Las Vegas aims to have marijuana lounges open as soon as spring of next year
The Cannabist reports that Las Vegas city officials are hot on marijuana lounges, and hoping to have them not just approved, but open for business next year. It's not quite as fun as it sounds, though: While people would be able to buy marijuana-focused merch or even food at these places, they wouldn't actually be able to buy weed, in any form.
The issue is that the current law in Nevada allows marijuana usage, but only in private residences. This makes it a problem for city officials, in that there are business that want to allow marijuana usage, but can't right now. The lounge licensing program would fill in that space, then, and allow people to use marijuana on the property (perhaps purchased at a dispensary next door, for example) in a legal way.
Of course, creating specific lounges would also help to centralize use of the drug (which might help to keep it away from gaming areas, where the drug is generally banned -- officially, anyway). We'll have to see how this all works -- it would be nice if a recreational license also allowed you to create an area for customers to consume weed safely nearby, but given how the law around the drug is still so up in the air, it's hard to make sure that any move like that is legal. Hopefully, Vegas can figure out a good solution for everyone's problems on the issue.