Thanks to new licenses being put in place, smoking cannabis for medical and recreational use in Las Vegas is now more accessible.
If you’re a smoker, here’s everything you need to know about where you can smoke cannabis in Las Vegas.
Is Smoking Cannabis in Las Vegas Legal?
While cannabis is legal in Nevada, it is still illegal under federal law. In other words, should you think of taking a toke on the Strip or outside the grocery store, you might pay for it.
Although you can’t carry around pre-rolled joints or smoke on the street, there are places where smoking cannabis is legally allowed in Las Vegas and across Nevada.
Where Can You Smoke Cannabis Currently?
Many residents of the Las Vegas area will know that smoking in your or someone else’s home is acceptable. However, private residences are currently the only places you can legally smoke without risking a hefty fine.
What is the fine for smoking somewhere illegally?
The average fine for illegally smoking Cannabis in Las Vegas is around $600.
To avoid such a cost, know if you can smoke in places besides your home.
For Tourists or Non-Residents
You could smoke with friends or new acquaintances in their homes on your visit. As Las Vegas boasts almost 650,000 residents, visitors may get lucky if they have a local friend or make one on their trip.
If you’d like to find a home to smoke in and don’t know a Vegas resident or don’t want to ask a friend, using an Airbnb offers a possible alternative location. Not all Airbnb’s allow smoke or odors, so it is essential to check with the hosts before you light up.
In the event smoking is not allowed in the Airbnb property, there are more discreet consumption methods, such as vapes and edibles, that may be acceptable.
The Future of Smoking in Las Vegas
Where Will You Be Able To Smoke Cannabis?
Stores, hotels, and other areas of business will soon have licenses to have cannabis smoked on their property.
Additionally, many cafes, eateries, and lounges within the city are becoming cannabis-friendly.
By the end of July 2022, around 20 venues will allow guests to smoke inside.
Venues will need their licenses approved before they can have any kind of “consumption lounges.”
However, there will be plenty of locations around the city where you can smoke alone or with friends due to the high number of social equity applicants.
What Goes into Licensing?
The costs to attain a cannabis-smoking license for a retail or independent venue are different. A retail store will pay a fee of up to $100,000. An independent store will pay closer to $10,000.
Other rules enforced after an application is approved include:
- Non-refundable licensing fees
- No alcohol in the lounge
- The company cannot own both a private and retail lounge
Following these rules will help businesses avoid fines and allow the venue to stay open.
When will public consumption be allowed?
With the first part of legislation passed, the expectation is that venues will be approved and open throughout 2022. Thus, public consumption of weed will become more accessible throughout the year.
No longer will people need to retreat to houses or limit themselves to discreet products. Lounges will make it safe, legal, and comfortable for locals and tourists alike to smoke their favorite strains in Las Vegas.
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