Las Vegas City Council postpones marijuana consumption lounge votePosted by On

The Las Vegas City Council on Wednesday postponed a possible vote on regulations for the upcoming cannabis consumption lounges.

The decision came as a relief to an industry trade group and Nevada provisional license holders, who told the council that a proposed 1,000-foot distance separation between the lounges, and what they described as “excessive” licensing fees, could set the businesses up for failure.

The agenda item was rescheduled for the March 1 City Council meeting.

About a half-dozen cannabis industry leaders who spoke during public comment requested additional talks with city officials in the next two weeks to help draft an ordinance that makes Las Vegas “a role model for other municipalities to follow,” said Paul Murad, a real-estate professional who “shares concern” with the prospective applicants.

Marijuana district?

Up to 15 of the business owners who were issued provisional licenses by Nevada’s Cannabis Compliance Board intend to open their locales within city limits. The speakers mentioned a possible district in downtown Las Vegas in which patrons could safely walk from lounge to lounge.

One of the provisonal state license holders, Chandler Cooks, said that finding a location to open his lounge within the distance restrictions has proved “nearly impossible.”

Five established Las Vegas dispensaries planned to open lounges attached to their retail spaces, while 10 such venues would operate as standalone facilities that will need to…

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