Commissioners reject regulations for pot parlors without road safety rules

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Bar-style pot parlors could soon be nearly as common as marijuana dispensaries in the Las Vegas Valley after the Nevada Legislature voted to legalize the stores in the 2021 session.

Public spaces to light up a joint or consume an edible have been an exciting prospect for people like Jasmin Rodriguez.

“Let people have fun,” Rodriguez said, “because if everyone smoked weed, everyone would just be happy. Just let people be happy. grass is life.”

Clark County commissioners, however, have pledged to regulate saloons to ensure no one gets high and then decides to drive on public roads.

The Clark County Department of Highway Safety said more than 142 fatal crashes have occurred since the start of 2022.

“I fear we are only making things worse in our communities,” said Commissioner Michael Naft, (D) District A.

Naft said he and other commissioners were considering passing legal guardrails before the first blunt was lit in a living room.

Naft tweeted that he would vote no on any regulatory package that did not include comprehensive safety measures and was joined in the move by commissioners Justin Jones and Tick Segerblom.

Naft said the proposals on the table include requiring companies to educate customers about the dangers of impaired driving, making companies responsible for customers who drive off high and crashing their cars, and doing parking lots. lounge areas without towing so that customers are not transported to do the responsible thing and call for a ride.

“The best thing to do is decide to ride early,” he said.

Rodriguez said she would be disappointed if the rules were too strict.

“I never had an accident, don’t tell my mom, I was driving while I was, you know,” she said, “after a little joint.”

Naft said without rules, Las Vegas roads could be deadlier than they have been as fatal crashes rise.

“We in Clark County have to do it better than anywhere else in the world,” he said. “We have a microscope on us.”

Naft said it would take time to formulate a road safety package, adding that it could be weeks or months before the committee has a concrete proposal.

Cannabis lounges are expected to start opening by the end of 2022.

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