LAS VEGAS (FOX5) - Cannabis consumption lounges could come to the city of Las Vegas as soon as the end of the year, according to a city spokesperson.
On Wednesday, Las Vegas became the first city in the state of Nevada to allow marijuana social-use lounges.
In a 4-1 vote, the Las Vegas City Council passed the ordnance allowing retail marijuana stores and dispensaries to apply for special use permits to open marijuana lounges. Mayor Carolyn Goodman abstained from the vote due to a conflict of interest. Goodman previously said a family member works in the industry.
Businesses with a permit could allow customers to buy and use marijuana on property.
Among the restrictions included in the ordinance: a lounge has to be at least 1,000 feet away from casinos and schools. Lounges would also require an air control plan to keep smoke from getting out.
Smoking is not allowed outside the lounge and alcohol is not permitted on property, according to the ordinance.
At Wednesday’s meeting, casino executives expressed concern that lounges will create more public intoxication issues for casinos and other popular tourist locations.
"We’re already finding it incredibly difficult to limit consumption ... We're very concerned that expanding the industry without proper oversight, similar to the gaming industry," Fremont Street Experience CEO Patrick Hughes said Wednesday.
For the first year, the only businesses with access to a lounge permit are the 12 dispensaries in the city and ten businesses that hold dispensary licenses.
Other interested businesses will have to wait at least a year to apply.