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Las Vegas delays vote on marijuana lounge rules

By Ricardo Torres-Cortez

Las Vegas Review-Journal

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The Las Vegas City Council on Wednesday postponed a possible vote on regulations for the upcoming cannabis consumption lounges.

The decision came as a relief to an industry trade group and Nevada provisional license holders, who told the council that a proposed 1,000-foot distance separation between the lounges, and what they described as “excessive” licensing fees, could set the businesses up for failure.

The agenda item was rescheduled for the March 1 City Council meeting.

About a half-dozen cannabis industry leaders who spoke during public comment requested additional talks with city officials in the next two weeks to help draft an ordinance that makes Las Vegas “a role model for other municipalities to follow,” said Paul Murad, a real-estate professional who “shares concern” with the prospective applicants.