Nevada marijuana regulators say they received 100 applications for the state’s first-ever marijuana consumption lounge licenses during a short submission window last month, with plans to begin issuing approvals in “early 2023.”
The Nevada Cannabis Compliance Board (CCB) started accepting the applications on October 14 and closed submissions on October 27. This comes more than a year after Gov. Steve Sisolak (D) signed a bill from Assemblyman Steve Yeager (D) legalizing consumption lounges.
Current retailers were able to apply for one license category to build lounges into their existing operations, and there will also be independent lounges that can enter into a contract with a retailer to purchase and prepare ready-to-consume marijuana products for resale at brand new facilities.
Today, the CCB released final figures regarding the open application window for cannabis consumption lounge licenses.
The CCB anticipates the first lounges to be licensed and able to open in early 2023. pic.twitter.com/ut3F66I37u
— Nevada Cannabis Compliance Board (@NevadaCCB) October 31, 2022
According to a press release, CCB received 20 applications from existing retailers, 50 from independent lounge applicants and 30 from independent social equity applicants.
“Per state law, the CCB may issue 20 independent cannabis consumption lounge licenses, half of
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