In a city celebrated for its gleaming exteriors and captivating attractions, the span of August 15-17, 2023, ushered in a unique luminescence. The grand ballrooms of the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas, often reserved for soirees of opulence, became the gathering point for the Cannabis Conference 2023, drawing members of the community seeking knowledge, innovation and a glimpse into the future of cannabis. The event wasn’t just another notch in the belt of Las Vegas’ rich history of conventions. It… Read more.
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Nevada regulators have approved three more applications for marijuana consumption lounge licenses, including two concepts in the Las Vegas market. The Cannabis Compliance Board (CCB) on Tuesday unanimously approved applications from Deep Roots Harvest and Global Harmony, which operate Las Vegas cannabis stores, as well as KV Group in the southern Nevada town Pahrump. Nevada regulators have now approved seven consumption spaces, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. In June, the CCB granted the first three conditional licenses for such venues to: Cheyenne Medical… Read more.
What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas—unless it’s brokering new partnerships and strengthening business relationships. That’s because one thing that Las Vegas does well is host tradeshows. The city makes it easy to attend, entertain and network—and the CHAMPS Summer 2023 trade show was no exception. From July 19-22, the Cannabis Now team descended on the sprawling cannabis counter-culture business event that serves North America’s headshops to shake hands, close business deals and do the thing we do best: Help our clients… Read more.
Nevada cannabis operators and other stakeholders lobbied for structural changes to the state’s adult-use and medical marijuana programs, and the legislature answered by approving several industry-friendly bills during its most recent session. The industry-backed changes signed into law last month by Gov. Joe Lombardo included eliminating and capping various fees, reassessing penalties for operating violations and creating a dual license for retailers serving both medical patients and recreational consumers. The policy overhauls, which garnered bipartisan support in Nevada’s Democrat-controlled Legislature,… Read more.
Nevada regulators this week approved loosening air-ventilation standards for marijuana consumption lounges in Las Vegas and other parts of the state while granting the first three conditional licenses for such venues. The Nevada Cannabis Compliance Board’s (CCB) actions provide more clarity for operators to move forward with construction and design plans – and could make it cheaper and easier for lounges to open their doors in one of the nation’s largest tourist markets. Chris Anderson, president of Sala Consulting, told… Read more.
The first three conditional licenses for cannabis consumption licenses in Nevada have officially been issued. On Tuesday, the Nevada Cannabis Compliance Board stated that in Clark County, Planet 13 and the Thrive Cannabis Marketplace were selected while Washoe County's The Venue at Sol Cannabis also received a license. The board added these are conditional licenses. In November, the board issued 40 cannabis consumption lounge prospective licenses after the random number selection events. According to the board, those license holders must submit all required documents… Read more.
When Nevada legalized in January 2017, it created a problem. The state made it legal to possess cannabis, but it did not change the rules regarding where you could smoke it. Currently, the law only allows people to smoke marijuana in a private residence. Hotel rooms don't count as private residences and, since most Las Vegas/Las Vegas Strip hotel rooms have associated casinos, federal law would prohibit allowing consumption. Basically, that created a situation where people could buy smokable marijuana… Read more.
The governor of Nevada has signed a large-scale marijuana reform bill that more than doubles the legal personal possession limit, consolidates licensing rules and broadens eligibility for participation in the market by people with prior felony convictions. Gov. Joe Lombardo (R) gave final approval to the legislation from Sen. Dallas Harris (D) on Wednesday, less than a week after lawmakers formally sent it to his desk. The measure makes a series of revisions to the state’s existing marijuana laws, in part… Read more.
The city of Las Vegas has a tumultuous history with marijuana. Anyone over 21 with proper identification can legally purchase cannabis from a dispensary or for recreational use. Although some people may appear to be smoking marijuana openly, public consumption is still only permitted in private homes according to the law. Many hotels are reluctant to participate because they fear losing their gambling licenses if they do not. To qualify for that license, you must maintain an impeccable reputation. According… Read more.
The new hotel in Las Vegas is already sold out. Located just off the Strip, The Lexi was once the Artisan Hotel, which became famous among locals as a late-night hangout that hosted sex parties. But now, the 64-room, adults-only Lexi has officially become Sin City’s first weed-friendly hotel. “It’s cannabis-inclusive, not cannabis-centric,” says Alexandre Rizk, the 44-year-old real estate entrepreneur who bought The Artisan for $12 million with a small group of investors in March 2022. The distinction is… Read more.
Marijuana operators and consumers anticipating consumption lounges opening this summer in Las Vegas will probably have to wait. Administrative setbacks, tight funding and changing regulations governing smoke ventilation have likely delayed the launch of dozens of lounges for months, with the real possibility that only a few might open by year-end, industry experts told MJBizDaily. The Nevada Cannabis Compliance Board (CCB), the state’s chief marijuana regulator, could address the regulatory issues at a June 20 meeting. Industry executives have raised concerns… Read more.
A House bill introduced Tuesday aims to promote cannabis research at universities and eliminate federal barriers for researchers. The Higher Education Marijuana Research Act was introduced by Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV) and Rep. Joe Neguse (D-CO). In a statement, Titus, a member of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus, said cannabis is “a major economic driver in Nevada and across the country and deserves further research.” Morgan Fox, National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) political director, said that “Despite cannabis being… Read more.
The Nevada legislature has given final approval to a bill to create a new working group to study psychedelics and develop a plan to allow regulated access for therapeutic purposes. It now heads to the governor’s desk. The Assembly passed the measure from Sen. Rochelle Nguyen (D) in a 40-0 vote on Sunday, one day ahead of the scheduled end of the session. This comes days after it cleared the full Senate, as well as an Assembly committee on Friday. There was… Read more.
If bars didn't exist, but liquor stores were plentiful, and open-container laws were widely enforced because consuming alcohol was only legal in private residences, you can see the conundrum that causes. A tourist in a city could buy liquor, but the only place they could consume it would be a private home -- something they don't have access to -- so, instead, they would drink clandestinely in alleys, parking lots, and their hotel rooms. Alcohol, of course, is easier to… Read more.
The Henderson City Council on Tuesday approved new rules to relax limitations on cannabis dispensaries within the city, including allowing delivery service. The new bill strikes a previous colocation requirement and limits the amount of cannabis sales facilities to no more than 11 in city limits. It also removes the section that allowed for waivers of or reductions to the required 1-mile minimum separation distance between cannabis dispensaries. Council also repealed a previous ruling passed in September 2017 that required… Read more.
Net loss for the quarter rose due to lower gross profit and high one-time costs. Las Vegas-based Planet 13 Holdings Inc. (CSE:PLTH) (OTCQB:PLNHF) posted a 3% decline in revenue for the first quarter ended March 31, which it primarily attributed to a significant drop in the average price of cannabis in Nevada. Quarterly revenue fell to $24.9 million from $25.7 million in the same period in 2022. Amid recent downturns, the company saw improvements in retail revenue from their SuperStore, as cannabis prices… Read more.
Nevada sports regulators have voted to send a proposed regulatory amendment to the governor that would formally protect athletes from being penalized over using or possessing marijuana in compliance with state law. The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) met on Tuesday to consider the proposed change, which would codify a policy that was informally instituted in 2021. Members voted to put the cannabis reform through the administrative process to be adopted into its guidance, first sending it to Gov. Joe Lombardo (R).… Read more.
With continued market expansion, gaining traction as a dispensary isn’t getting any easier. For operators trying to succeed in major cities with legal adult-use markets for interested tourists, standing out requires an even more pointed effort. Cannabis has been legal for adults in Nevada since 2016. Couple that with a highly-developed, city-wide understanding of how to cater to the nearly 40 million annual tourists looking to have a good time, and you’ve got yourself a prime model for coming out on top… Read more.
THE FIRST THING YOU SEE upon entering the Core Social Justice Cannabis Museum in Boston’s Jamaica Plain neighborhood is a digital stained glass window stamped “Cannfessional.” Behind it is a small sound booth, wrapped in cloud-print wallpaper, with a glowing neon chair and a microphone dangling from the ceiling. Facing the chair on the wall is a TV with a camera mounted on top. This is where you reveal your truth. With the Cannfessional, the museum encourages participants to record themselves telling stories… Read more.
Nevada lawmakers have approved a revised bill that would create a new working group to study psychedelics and develop a plan to allow regulated access for therapeutic purposes. While the legislation before the Senate Health and Human Services Committee as introduced would have legalized psilocybin and promoted research into the psychedelic, as well as encouraged studies of MDMA, the panel adopted an amendment that scales it back significantly. As approved in a voice vote on Thursday, Sen. Rochelle Nguyen’s (D)… Read more.
Every cannabis consumer’s favorite holiday is quickly approaching, and we’re prepping early at Planet 13. From products to activities and snacks to deals, use this guide to prepare for this year’s highly anticipated 420. Products to try 420 is a great opportunity to try new products and brands, taking advantage of the deals offered on flower, dabs, edibles and more. Create a tasting menu: Start the day with cannabis-infused coffee or orange juice, consume a preroll in the afternoon, enjoy… Read more.
Nevada senators held a hearing on a bill to legalize the possession of psilocybin on Thursday, discussing a proposed amendment to remove therapeutic use provisions and taking extensive testimony from advocates and experts—including from an Assembly lawmaker who shared his own experience with ketamine treatment. The Senate Health and Human Services Committee took up the legislation from Sen. Rochelle Nguyen (D), which under the amendment would remove criminal penalties for possession of up to six ounces of the psychedelic for adults… Read more.
Small amounts of fungi that produces so-called magic mushrooms may soon be decriminalized under a bill heard by lawmakers Thursday. An amended version of Senate Bill 242, presented by Rochelle Nguyen, D-Las Vegas, would allow individuals older than 21 to possess, use and consume 30 grams of the dried fungi that produces psilocybin, also known as magic mushrooms. “Twenty-eight grams of fentanyl is not the equivalent of 28 grams of mushrooms and they are treated, in our law, the same,” Nguyen said. The bill also… Read more.
Oakland Bliss lays framework for the psychedelic market with consistent lab testing, tracking batch and lot numbers, and a compassionate program for veterans.
Oakland Bliss, a psychedelic company based in Oakland, is leading the way in setting standards for the emerging market. The company has consistently lab tested their products, implemented batch and lot tracking numbers, and is the first psychedelic product to have a Universal Product Code (UPC). The company’s commitment to harm reduction has been widely praised, and it has set the bar for others in the industry. “Our focus on harm reduction is at the core of our mission,” said… Read more.
You could be able to sell and consume cannabis and cannabis products at certain events if a new bill passes the Nevada legislature. State lawmakers are looking at a new bill being proposed by Assemblyman Cameron "C.H." Miller. According to the bill, it would allow portable cannabis vendors to set up show. However, the event, as well as vendors, would need to receive a license from the Cannabis Compliance Board. For consumers, they would have to be at least 21 years old… Read more.
A week before a possible vote on rules for upcoming cannabis consumption lounges, the city of Las Vegas had not budged on a proposed 1,000-foot separation requirement between such establishments, a regulation applicants say could hamper turning the downtown area into the “Amsterdam of the West.” And while prospective license holders could apply for a waiver, their businesses could not afford to “gamble” with the uncertainty of leasing a location and then having their waiver denied, proponents told Seth Floyd,… Read more.
A Las Vegas off-Strip hotel plans to have an entire floor of cannabis-friendly rooms. Under new ownership by Elevations Hotels & Resorts, the Artisan Hotel Boutique will be rebranded as The Lexi. Officials at the 64-room property near Interstate 15 and Sahara Avenue say the ongoing multimillion-dollar transformation into a more modern, cannabis-inclusive hotel will attract tourists and locals alike. It hopes to open the cannabis floor in the spring. “(The Lexi is) going to be the coolest place to… Read more.