The Las Vegas City Council on Wednesday approved regulations for cannabis consumption lounges in one of the industry’s most-watched markets for cannatourism and hospitality innovation.
The seven-member board, which includes Mayor Carolyn Goodman, approved several new provisions that are more industry-friendly than initial proposals.
Most notably, the board chose to keep a 1,000-foot buffer between consumption lounges – a requirement overwhelmingly opposed by operators and advocates – but included an option for businesses to receive a waiver from the city council to bypass the rule and allow them to cluster near one another.
That’s similar to breweries and car dealerships, which feed off each other to attract customers and boost retail.
“The proposed 1,000-foot buffer between lounges is overly restrictive and frankly unnecessary,” retail and lounge consultant Maha Haq told MJBizDaily before the council vote.
“If they are hoping to develop cannabis tourism, this buffer is
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