NEVADA – Regulators in Nevada granted conditional approval for the opening of cannabis consumption lounges, marking a significant step towards providing legal and public spaces for cannabis consumption.
According to The Nevada Independent, The Cannabis Compliance Board (CCB) granted conditional licenses to three existing dispensaries, allowing them to establish these lounges.
During the recent public meeting conducted by the CCB, several establishments received licensing approval for cannabis consumption lounges. One of these approved entities is Thrive Cannabis Marketplace, a well-known cannabis operator with multiple locations. Their Sammy Davis Jr. Drive establishment, situated near Sapphire Gentlemen’s Club in Clark County, obtained conditional approval for a consumption lounge license. Similarly, Planet 13 Dispensary, located in close proximity, and The Venue at Sol Cannabis in Washoe County also secured licensing approval from the CCB.
“They gotta get Clark County approvals, get it constructed, retrofitted for the ventilation system, all that good stuff,” says Brett Scolari, a representative and lobbyist for a number of Nevada-based dispensaries. “And then go back to the CCB for final inspection and final approval.”
Advocates are optimistic that the newly approved establishments will provide sufficient venues for social consumption. However, numerous license holders express concerns that the existing strict regulations could potentially burden them financially. As a result, the board members approved an amendment that reduces the mandatory frequency of air changes per hour in the lounge area.
Under the proposed amendment, the required number of air changes per hour for smoking lounges would be decreased from 30 to 20, aligning them with standards set for taverns.
The board announced that the public will have a 30-day period to provide input before regulators finalize any further changes regarding ventilation in consumption lounges at the upcoming meeting.