At long last, it’s finally happening. Smoking weed on vacation without fear is finally becoming a thing and it’s coming to Las Vegas! Thanks to a recent change in legislation, businesses can now apply for a commercial cannabis consumption lounge license. After hearing this news, Pro Hospitality Group jumped into action and bought property on the strip. The group plans to open a cannabis-friendly hotel complete with smoking rooms, a lounge, and more. Here are all the details on this exciting new development…

Using Cannabis in Vegas

Up until recently, recreational cannabis was legalized in Nevada but consumption lounges were not permitted. Residents were told they could smoke in their homes but legally, tourists had nowhere to go. Many hotels will look the other way and allow their guests to smoke weed on their balconies. Now, they won’t have to. Thanks to a recent change in legislation, dispensaries, hotels, and other businesses will now be allowed to apply for a commercial on-site consumption license. 

Indoor smoking = $$$

Nevada’s regulations surrounding indoor smoking are entirely governed by money. The economy in Las Vegas is dependent on tourism and gambling, thus, regulations cater to it. According to the Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act, smoking tobacco is banned in all indoor establishments; unless it’s at a casino, tobacco retail store, strip club, brothel, or standalone bar. Why? Because statistically, smokers stay and gamble for longer than non-smokers. Casino owners don’t want customers to have to leave to go for a smoke because there’s a big chance that they won’t come back. 

Pro Hospitality Group is coming to Vegas

Pro Hospitality Group purchased a 64-room artisan hotel at Sahara Avenue and Interstate 15. They paid $11.9 million for the property alone and plan to invest an additional $3 million in renovations. Experienced and ready to expand, Pro Hospitality Group owns the cannabis-friendly Clarendon Hotel in Phoenix Arizona, and plans to open something similar. 

Cannabis friendly hotel features

What are the features of a cannabis-friendly hotel? What’s the hotel policy on hotboxing? Do you need to bring your own bong? While we don’t know all the final details of the Vegas Hotel, we know what a cannabis-friendly hotel looks like in Phoenix Arizona.

Cannabis consumption policies

  • Guests can choose either a smoking or non-smoking room. 
  • Dabbing concentrates and smoking flower are allowed in cannabis-friendly rooms but not in public spaces.
  • Vaping and smokeless products can be used in outdoor public areas, excluding the restaurant patio.
  • Smoking tobacco products will not be allowed in cannabis-friendly rooms. According to the company website, it’s because of the “lasting smell and residue”.

Cannabis friendly hotel features

Cannabis Consumption Lounge – In Phoenix Arizona, the Clarendon Hotel has a smoking lounge that is open to the general public and their guests. In Vegas, they will build something similar but it’s not yet clear if the lounge will be public.

Cannabis Shuttle – Noting the need for access, the company is creating a cannabis shuttle service that will take guests to local dispensaries. Not just a drop-off, the shuttle will wait while guests do their shopping and take them back when they finish. 

Awesome for some, life-changing for others

The opening of cannabis-friendly hotels is great news for the community but for some, it means a lot more than others. Many medical cannabis patients don’t travel because they can’t be assured that they can use their medicine. 

Here’s an example of this kind of situation:

Epilepsy is a condition that causes sudden seizures and it’s often treated with cannabis. When an epileptic patient feels a seizure coming, they need an immediate quick release of cannabinoids; in many cases, that is enough to stop a seizure from happening. Sublingual oil works for some but inhaling cannabis is most efficient. Now, imagine having epilepsy and trying to plan a vacation to Las Vegas. Bright, flashing lights can trigger a seizure without warning and Vegas is full of them. Without the assurance that you could smoke if necessary, the trip would be out of the question. 

After a day of walking on the Las Vegas strip, what could be better than kicking back in bed and smoking a joint? Up until recently, this privilege was only available to residents. Thankfully, the laws are changing… 
The first cannabis consumption-friendly hotel is finally coming to Las Vegas!

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