City-wide plan for Las Vegas marijuana consumption sites on hold

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A city ordinance regulating the operation of on-site cannabis consumption spaces will not go into effect following the passage of conflicting statewide legislation.

In May, members of the Las Vegas City Council voted in favor of the municipal law, which would have been the first ordinance of its type in Nevada. However, state lawmakers more recently passed legislation into law, Assembly Bill 533, prohibiting local governments from licensing businesses that permit marijuana consumption on their premises.

Provisions in the new law call on state regulators to further study the issue prior to permitting local governments to move forward with allowing on-site marijuana consumption spaces.

In March, Alaska became the first US state to codify rules governing the establishment of on-site marijuana consumption facilities. Colorado and Michigan have recently enacted social use regulations.

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