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Marijuana lounges approved by Las Vegas City Council

• fox5vegas.com, Joe Nelson, Abby Theodros

On Wednesday, Las Vegas became the first city in the state of Nevada to allow marijuana social-use lounges.

In a 4-1 vote, the Las Vegas City Council passed the ordnance allowing retail marijuana stores and dispensaries to apply for special use permits to open marijuana lounges. Mayor Carolyn Goodman abstained from the vote due to a conflict of interest. Goodman previously said a family member works in the industry.

Businesses with a permit could allow customers to buy and use marijuana on property.

Among the restrictions included in the ordinance: a lounge has to be at least 1,000 feet away from casinos and schools. Lounges would also require an air control plan to keep smoke from getting out.

Smoking is not allowed outside the lounge and alcohol is not permitted on property, according to the ordinance.

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