Approximately 43 million tourists visit Las Vegas annually, and of those tourists, some undoubtedly consume marijuana during their visits.
There is just one major issue: There is no place for the tourists to consume it. Pursuant to Nevada recreational use regulations, consumption is to be done privately, not publicly. Recreational use in gaming establishments, hotels, or concerts is strictly prohibited.
However, the City Council of Las Vegas has drafted a proposed ordinance to permit the operation of marijuana consumption lounges. Here are several key takeaways from the proposed ordinance:
- Employees are prohibited from consuming marijuana in the establishment during business hours
- Employees of the marijuana consumption lounge must be at least 21 years of age
- Visitors of the marijuana consumption lounge must be at least 21 years of age
- The establishment must be appropriately concealed as to not allow viewing by the general public
- The establishment may obtain a nightclub license for live entertainment to be performed on the premises
- The licensee must obtain a special use permit for the establishment to operate specific commercial, industrial, or hybrid commercial/industrial zoning districts.
The proposed regulation could take effect by March or April of 2018. Sooner rather than later, tourists and residents may be able to enjoy the consumption of marijuana in a more social setting. If the proposed ordinance passes, Las Vegas may experience an increase in annual tourists as a result.