No pot lounges until 2022 under Sisolak’s weed bill

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Nevada lawmakers are poised to turn over control of the blooming cannabis industry to a board made up of gubernatorial appointees, a la Nevada gaming regulation. A two-year study of the weed industry included in the measure is likely to delay pot lounges from taking root until 2022.

The voter-approved legalization of cannabis allows for consumption in private homes only, leaving tourists, a favorite marketing target of the industry, at a loss to legally partake.

Nevada is not alone.  Other states and the District of Columbia encourage tourists to purchase cannabis but fail to provide a route for legal use.

Despite some concerns regarding the delay and who will regulate weed lounges, members of the Assembly Committee on the Judiciary unanimously passed an amended version of Assembly Bill 533 on Friday.  Chairman Steve Yeager noted lawmakers are approaching cannabis lounges “with caution.”

Another provision of the governor’s bill requires a 1,500 foot separation between pot lounges and casinos, which is more than the required separation between pot lounges and schools.

Sisolak’s spokeswoman, Helen Kalla, failed to respond to the Current’s request for comment regarding the separation requirements.

Dana Gentry
Reporter | Dana Gentry is a native Las Vegan and award-winning investigative journalist. She is a graduate of Bishop Gorman High School and holds a Bachelor's degree in Communications from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Gentry began her career in broadcasting as an intern at Channel 8, KLAS-TV. She later became a reporter at Channel 8, working with Las Vegas TV news legends Bob Stoldal and the late Ned Day. Gentry left her reporting job in 1985 to focus on motherhood. She returned to TV news in 2001 to launch "Face to Face with Jon Ralston" and the weekly business programs In Business Las Vegas and Vegas Inc, which she co-anchored with Jeff Gillan. Dana is the mother of four adult children, three cats, three dogs and a cockatoo.

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