Cannabis salons have been approved by the Assembly, the bill is now transferred to the Senate
CARSON CITY – Nevada’s cannabis consumption salon legislation cleared a major hurdle Thursday, a move that comes just over a month before a moratorium on places of social use expires.
Assembly Bill 341 was passed by the Assembly on a 29-12 vote, with Republicans Tom Roberts, R-Las Vegas, Andy Matthews, R-Las Vegas, Annie Black, R-Mesquite and Jill Dickman, R-Sparks, voting with Democrats pushing bill past required two-thirds threshold.
Under the bill, the Cannabis Compliance Board would have the power to regulate consumer salons statewide, with two types of licenses they could issue. One type would be attached to a dispensary, while the other would be an independent lounge resembling a bar with the possibility of selling single-use products to be consumed on site. Alcohol could not be served in the lounges.
If the legislation is not enacted this session, local governments could be free to authorize these shows themselves from July 1. A 2019 bill that created the Cannabis Council also put in place a two-year moratorium that prevented local governments from allowing consumption salons on their own. .
“If we don’t, the moratorium will expire. So these were coming one way or another, ”said Bill’s sponsor, assemblyman Steve Yeager, D-Las Vegas. “It was a question of whether they were going to be regulated and whether the state was going to benefit from some of the license fees.”
It was this reasoning that helped Roberts, one of four Republicans who supported the measure in the assembly, to vote for the measure.
“It was a pretty decent regulation that we put in place in this bill, so I felt it was important that the state had the regulations rather than each municipality,” said Roberts.
Proponents of the proposal have argued the need for lounges since Nevadans voted to legalize the use and sale of marijuana in 2016. Tourists who visit Las Vegas and stay at gaming complexes can legally purchase cannabis but do not ‘have nowhere to legally consume it, since the current law only allows it to be imbibed in a private residence. The current law also means that tenants could be barred from consuming if their landlord says they are not allowed to consume marijuana in the rental property.
As it stands, only one salon currently exists in Nevada: the NuWu Cannabis Tasting Room, which opened at the end of 2019. The facility is owned by the Las Vegas Paiute Tribe, which is a sovereign nation, and is connected to the 16,000 squares of NuWu. marijuana superstore for the feet. Like many other businesses, the tasting room had to close last March due to the pandemic.
The bill is now heading to the Senate, where Yeager has said he appreciates the chances of the bill being approved before the legislature ends on May 31.
The “ right of return ” is moving forward
A bill that would give hospitality, leisure and travel workers who were made redundant during the COVID-19 pandemic the right to return to their jobs was cleared on Thursday by the assembly’s trade and labor committee .
The committee’s approval of Senate Bill 386, commonly referred to as the “Right of Return” bill, comes a day after the bill has been amended and voted on out of the Senate.
The bill has yet to be approved by the plenary assembly.
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