Assembly Bill 341
In June of 2021, Governor Steve Sisolak signed Assembly Bill 341 into law, which legalizes the creation of social consumption areas for cannabis in Nevada. The new law will allow for the creation of “cannabis consumption areas” that will be licensed and regulated by the state. This is a huge step forward for the state, which has been struggling to find a way to allow the social use of cannabis in public spaces. This is a major victory for cannabis advocates in Nevada, who have been working towards this goal for many years.
What Are Social Consumption Lounges?
Social consumption lounges are places where people can consume cannabis socially, without having to worry about breaking the law. These lounges will be licensed and regulated by the state of Nevada, and they can be either indoors or outdoors. It will finally give adults a place to consume cannabis without having to risk breaking the law.
What Are the Requirements for Social Consumption Lounges?
Social consumption lounges must be located away from schools, daycare centers, and other places where children are present. They can only be accessed by people 21 and over, and they must have separate entrances and exits from the main dispensary area. Dispensaries will also be required to have security guards on duty at all times.
What Does This Mean for the Cannabis iIndustry?
Now that Nevada has approved cannabis lounges and social use areas, other states are sure to follow suit. This could start a domino effect across the country, leading to more widespread acceptance of cannabis use in public spaces.
What Does This Mean for Businesses?
Businesses that want to apply for a license to operate a social consumption lounge will need to apply to the Nevada Department of Taxation. The application will need to include a detailed plan of the proposed lounge, including its location, and hours of operation.