Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman Supports Cannabis Lounges

Vote or no vote, she’s a champion of the concept

Because her son has invested in the marijuana business, Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman recused herself from voting on a city ordinance that legalized cannabis consumption lounges throughout Sin City. Vote or no vote, she’s a champion of the concept.

“So you buy at a shop or somewhere and you can go to your home, but you can’t go to your hotel room and smoke – or enjoy, whatever you do,” Goodman, who won a third and final term in April, told the USA Today Network at her downtown Las Vegas office. “So unless there is some way created to accommodate the use – it’s [an] enormous problem.”

In May, the city voted 4-1 to pass an ordinance that would allow existing dispensaries to open consumption lounges at least 1,000 feet from casinos. Although the passage represented a small victory for cannabis proponents and entrepreneurs poised to push the expanding industry to new heights, the celebration was short-lived.

On Sunday, the Senate approved a bill that would put a two-year moratorium on cannabis lounges to allow a new compliance board to study how designated pot spots would operate inside the state’s one-of-a-kind ecosystem.

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