City asks for locals' opinion legalizing marijuana lounges in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) - Should Las Vegas have "marijuana lounges"?

That is the question the city council is asking Las Vegas residents.

On June 27, the city is having a workshop on "marijuana social use venues."

Recreational pot has been legal in Las Vegas since last July, but people can only legally consume marijuana on private property - leaving locals and millions of tourists without a place to legally smoke pot.

It's still unlawful to consume pot in public places - that includes casinos, hotels, bars, and parks.

That's why in December, city officials held a marijuana workshop to talk about a proposed ordinance that would allow marijuana lounges to open this year.

That proposal would let people light up in businesses, such as restaurants, yoga studios, and coffee shops.

County commissioners also heard arguments about the issue in September, but both city and county officials decided to pump the breaks on pot lounges saying there's no need to rush. Officials wanted to iron out rules and make sure it doesn't draw the ire of the federal government.

The city has since decided to put it back on the table and wants to hear your opinion.

The marijuana lounge workshop will run from 10 a.m. until noon today. The workshop will be held in city council chambers at 495 S. Main Street, near Bonneville Avenue.

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