Nevada’s first cannabis tasting lounge is opening Saturday on sovereign Paiute Tribal land, according to a 3 News report. Cannabis company NuWu did not require permission from the state as the land is subject to tribal authority.
Alfreda Mitre, a Paiute Tribe Councilwoman, said the lounge will mirror a craft brewery, but with cannabis flights. Patrons will be allowed to smoke, vape, and consume edibles.
“There is a time limit that will be in place. We do have bud tenders to do that that expertise and will be able to gently nudge the customer when they think their needs will be met.” — Mitre, to 3 News
She added that NuWu would be working with ride-heralding and taxi companies to ensure that people are not driving under the influence.
Last year, Gov. Steve Sisolak (D) signed a measure that imposed a two-year hold on cannabis lounges in the state so the Cannabis Control Board could conduct a study on the potential social and health impacts of social cannabis use.
“The cannabis control board… will strictly regulate the cannabis industry to protect public health and safety, as well as create a stable, predictable business environment to promote economic growth,” Sisolak’s office said in a statement to 3 News.
Only Alaska permits state-wide social cannabis use, while social consumption was approved by Denver, Colorado voters in 2018 and regulators approved permanent rules in February. In California, localities can approve social cannabis use; the state’s first cannabis cafe and restaurant opened on October 1 in West Hollywood.