Cannabis Lounges are coming to Las Vegas

    The march towards Cannabis legalization took a big step in 2017 when Nevada legalized Cannabis.  Although that law was obviously a significant policy change, it had a few significant shortcomings as far as Cannabis lovers were concerned. The law only legalized Cannabis possession, but not actually smoking it

    If it seems like a legal non-sequitur that Cannabis would be legal to possess but not to smoke, it really isn’t. In fact, one need look no further than tobacco for a parallel. Tobacco is legal, but there are still smoking bans in many public spaces and private businesses (restaurants, government offices, parks) which means the only place many people could light up a cigar was the privacy of Cannabis legalization in Nevada, it banned people from smoking cannabis almost everywhere aside from private residences. Almost all the major hotels on the strip followed suit by banning cannabis smoking on their premises. This left Las Vegas tourists with quite the conundrum. They could legally buy cannabis, but smoking it in their hotel rooms could lead to them being kicked out and fined by the hotel operator. 

    Cannabis aficionados in Las Vegas who didn’t have a friend with their own place in town were basically banned from smoking it. Cannabis lovers responded by openly smoking Cannabis on the Las Vegas strip. Technically, that’s still illegal but since the Las Vegas Police Department has bigger fish to fry than people smoking Cannabis, this public smoking trend has gone largely unabated, much to the frustration of local business owners and non-Cannabis smokers alike. 

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    This “almost but not quite” mode of Cannabis consumption created an untenable situation that wasn’t working for business owners, Cannabis smokers or law enforcement. So, in June 2022, the Nevada Cannabis Board, which regulates cannabis consumption and dispensaries in the state, approved a resolution allowing Cannabis lounges to open up in the city. 

    This new regulation will give Cannabis smokers a place where they can enjoy their product while not disturbing anyone else. It also allows for the creation of 40 new Cannabis lounges in Las Vegas. 20 of these lounges will be connected to approved dispensaries already in operation, while 20 more independent lounges will also be able to open. 

    Depending on how long the local permitting process takes, the first Cannabis lounges in Las Vegas could be open later this year, with dozens more coming on line in the first part of 2023. Needless to say, Cannabis lovers coming to Nevada will be singing “Viva Las Vegas” just a little bit louder.

    G13 Club is a private social club for medical and recreational Cannabis users based in Barcelona. It is also a space for musical and artistic development that promotes a multitude of activities focused on the expression and exhibition of urban, hip hop, reggae and skate culture.

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