Will Las Vegas Be 'Amsterdam on Steroids'? Door Opens for Pot Lounges – NBCNews.com

A man uses a pipe to smoke marijuana. Nick Adams / Reuters file

Or existing businesses, like bars, bed and breakfasts, massage parlors, and even yoga studios, could provide a place for adults to consume marijuana, he said.

The one place unlikely to allow pot is casinos, which follow gaming regulations and could jeopardize their state gaming license as a result.

On Tuesday, Commissioners in Clark County, which encompasses Las Vegas, will decide whether they want to pursue any ordinances surrounding public pot consumption. Segerblom said he doesn’t expect anything to be enacted until next year at the earliest.

Still, the development puts Nevada on the forefront of allowing pot in public spaces. Similar measures are being considered in other states, including Alaska and Colorado.

“If we want to regulate this just like alcohol, we need to treat it like alcohol.”

National marijuana advocates praised the Nevada state body’s opinion.

“We’re very pleased to see that the legislature is taking seriously the need for there to be social consumption regulations in place to give those who chose to responsibly consume cannabis the opportunity to do so in a manner similar to how we have bars for alcohol,” said Justin Strekal, political director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML).

Morgan Fox, communications director at the Marijuana Policy Project, echoed that sentiment.

“If we want to regulate this just like alcohol, we need to treat it like alcohol,” he said.

But the move has its detractors, too, including Nevada’s Republican governor, Brian Sandoval.

“Every major social problem is simply exacerbated when you have higher amounts of marijuana available.”

Sandoval, who opposed the lounges when the measure came before the state legislature in the spring,

told the Las Vegas Review-Journal he feared they would attract unwanted federal scrutiny.


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