Las Vegas Welcomes First Cannabis Consumption Lounge After Seven Years of Legalization

Las Vegas Welcomes First Cannabis Consumption Lounge After Seven Years of Legalization

Las Vegas, NV – In a long-awaited move, the first cannabis consumption lounge opened its doors for business last week, marking a significant milestone in Nevada’s cannabis journey. Located in the Thrive Cannabis Marketplace near the bustling Las Vegas Strip, Smoke and Mirrors is the first of 19 conditionally approved lounges to launch in the state, as reported by KLAS.

The lounge made headlines with its inaugural retail transaction at precisely 4:20 pm on Friday, a symbolic moment for cannabis enthusiasts. Clark County Commissioner Tick Segerblom, a staunch advocate for the cannabis industry, had the honor of making the first purchase.

Nevada has been a trailblazer in cannabis legalization, but until now, tourists visiting Las Vegas, one of the nation’s top tourism destinations, have lacked legal venues to consume recreational cannabis products they were permitted to purchase.

“The reality is you could buy it, but you can’t use it in the dispensary, and if you’re a tourist, you can’t use it,” remarked Segerblom in the report.

“We’ve legalized marijuana back in 2017. It’s taken another seven years to get here. It’s time. I’m hoping this is the start of something big. It’s just an incredibly slow, complicated process. But now we have the first one opening. Hopefully they’ll go faster from here on and then it’ll just be part of the Las Vegas experience,” Segerblom added, speaking to FOX5 Vegas.

Thrive Cannabis Market CEO Mitch Britten emphasized that the lounge’s infrastructure, including air scrubbers and “ample air exchanges,” had been meticulously planned during the building’s construction, long before receiving final approval.

Stay updated with the latest business news by subscribing for daily updates.