Las Vegas marijuana dispensaries planning for consumption lounges

Steve Marcus

A view of the lobby at the Essence Cannabis Dispensary, 4300 East Sunset Road in Henderson, on Monday, Oct. 24, 2016. The company has three locations in the Las Vegas Valley, including one on the Las Vegas Strip.

Now that Las Vegas has approved marijuana consumption lounges, dispensary operators are expected to move quickly to take advantage.

The city is anticipating a flurry of applications, but as of Thursday, no dispensaries had applied for a permit for an on-site lounge where customers can smoke or imbibe in marijuana edibles.

The Las Vegas City Council last month approved an amendment to allow lounges to operated by existing dispensary owners. Those without a state license to sell weed would be allowed to seek permits for off-site lounges starting in 2020.

Nevada legalized recreational marijuana in 2016, but

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