Vegas residents have something to be excited about, at least those who are marijuana enthusiasts.
Las Vegas became the first city in Nevada this week to allow marijuana social-use lounges and according to a city spokesperson, they could be in the city by the end of the year.
In a 4-1 vote, the Las Vegas City Council passed the ordnance that allows retail marijuana stores and dispensaries to apply for special use permits to open marijuana lounges.
Business that have a permit may allow customers to buy and use marijuana on property.
The lounges are restricted to being at least 1,000 feet away from casinos as well as schools and would require an air control panel to keep smoke from leaving the establishment.
Smoking is also not allowed outside the lounge and alcohol is not permitted on property.
“We’re already finding it incredibly difficult to limit consumption … We’re very concerned that expanding the industry without proper oversight, similar to the gaming industry,” Fremont Street Experience CEO Patrick Hughes said in his concerns.
For the first year, only businesses with access to a lounge permit are the 12 dispensaries in the city and ten businesses that hold dispensary licenses.