Lawmakers in the Nevada legislature will determine policy on commercial cannabis clubs.

Ken Lund

Nevada Legislature Will Debate Public-Use Measure This Session

Nevada State Sen. Tick Segerblom plans to introduce legislation allowing cannabis social clubs to operate under the state’s nascent adult-use scheme, according to a report from the Las Vegas Review-Journal. In addition to the clubs, the measure would allow city and county governments to issue permits for cannabis consumption at bars, concerts, hookah lounges, or even streets and sidewalks.

Segerblom, a Democrat from Las Vegas, said he knows that some officials are hesitant to allow public cannabis use, but granting local control was putting the power in the hands of municipal officials.

“It’s up to them. If they want, they can take 10 years,” he said in the report. “I’m not forcing them to do anything, I’m just giving them the right.”

Clark County Commissioner Mary Beth Scow indicated she has “very serious reservations” about allowing public use when the state hasn’t even developed a regime to govern the adult-use market approved by voters last November.

“Where these other areas are collecting data and seeing how things go, it would be wise for us to watch what happens in other states,” Scow said.

Voters in Denver, Colorado approved a social use measure during the General Election. Officials subsequently ruled that establishments that hold liquor licenses cannot apply for an on-site consumption permit.

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