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.

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(6) comments

SuperShooter

To the Las Vegas City Council: YOU MISERABLE BUNCH OF WHORES ! You'll do ANYTHING for tax money ! And that part about no smoking outside those mini crack houses ? My butt ! You people have just sold your souls to the devil ... again.

JamesRobert

It would appear that Las Vegas might not be 'your kind of town', what with it being 'the devil's workshop' & all that. We live in a really big, widely disparate country; feel free to move about! 'mini crack houses'? Hilarious! How would you describe a liquor establishment, I wonder? As for the City Council; they represent 'the people'... In Las Vegas, 'the people' are in the business of making money off of tourism, and these 'smoking lounges' are the logical progression of legalized MJ in a tourist economy. Relax, It's going to be OKAY!

Thud

Maybe someone you Love will be crashed into by one of these Patrons.Don't come backhand cry when it happens.

DesertDonna52

You took the thoughts right out of my head!!! This will lead to lots of trouble on the roads and in neighborhoods where there's already too much trouble!

Bo Donk

[beam] What this means is lot more pot heads will end up losing their drivers licenses when the cops camp outside of these lounges and catch them driving away

bottom and company

Your certainly right. But cops target the late night crowd whether they are involved with weed and alcohol or not.

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