Las Vegas’ plan to be the first major U.S. city to develop and open lounges for marijuana consumption is now in limbo in the wake of recent action by federal authorities.
Officials representing the city of Las Vegas and Clark County said that neither entity is immediately proceeding with previously discussed ideas to implement the lounges after U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued Department of Justice guidance to effectively remove internal memorandums to protect states’ rights to legalize marijuana.
While state law does not explicitly give permission for marijuana consumption lounges, it seems that such lounges would be permitted as long as marijuana is not being used “unlawfully.”
Las Vegas would be the first U.S. city to broadly legalize marijuana consumption lounges if ordinances for the lounges are approved by local authorities. Denver, another city that has come close to legalizing the lounges, has been slowed by ambiguity in Colorado state law and opposition from city officials.
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