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Pot is legal in Nevada but public use is not. Now there's a push to establish "safe havens" to help pot tourism flourish in Las Vegas. 3/7/17 (Nathan O'Neal | KSNV)

Nevada just introduced a bill so tourists can smoke marijuana in public


The recreational use of marijuana may already be legal in Nevada, but a new bill introduced this week would allow for the creation of "pot lounges" to allow businesses to tap into a huge tourism industry, affiliate KSNV reported. 

Pot lounges aim to provide some 42 million tourists with a safe and legal space to smoke marijuana since it remains illegal to consume in public.

"Las Vegas being this mecca of tourism, it's absolutely going to be part of it," said Matthew Gardiner, the Vice President of dispensary and cultivation center Shango Las Vegas.

He added, "You give them an opportunity to participate in cannabis but not give them a place to participate in cannabis."

This introduced bill, however, hopes to remedy this problem. Its approval will also help open the doors for pot tourism, following  Colorado's lead in creating safe havens to consume marijuana.

"The solution again is to have a lounge. Have a consumption location. A place where you can have people go and participate and enjoy cannabis" Gardiner said, who is preparing for educational tours in the future to attract tourists.

Not everyone, though, is ecstatic about the creation of pot lounges. Pat Hickey who campaigned against legalization, said people would be unlikely to pay big bucks for the lounges.  

"Let's be honest. People do not want to spend $200-$300 for a hotel room in our of our nice properties and then smell marijuana oozing out of hotel rooms," he said.

Nevada just introduced a bill so tourists can smoke marijuana in public

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