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Business: Cannabis consumption lounges are coming to Reno

By Bob Conrad
Reno Business Weekly

A late June approval by Nevada’s Cannabis Compliance Board is paving the way for cannabis consumption lounges. And those lounges could open by year’s end. 

The difference between dispensary and grow operations and consumption lounges will be marked by ownership. Most dispensaries are owned by out-of-state companies, but random preference for lounges will favor local ownership.

Reno City Manager Doug Thornley, in a letter to the city council, wrote that 20 independent lounge licenses will be issued statewide to start. Each retail licensee can also apply for a retail lounge license.

“Retail Lounges are to be affiliated with adult-use cannabis retail stores,” he said. “The number of Retail Lounges allowed correlates to the number of adult-use cannabis retail stores. Independent Lounges are standalone and are limited to the number equal to the number of retail Lounges in the state; that said, only 20 independent Lounge licenses will be issued (via random number generator) in the first round.”

Gov. Steve Sisolak said the lounges will “set Nevada’s economy ablaze.”

“In Nevada, we’ve prioritized innovative policies to expand the cannabis industry while prioritizing social equity, protecting Nevadans and diversifying our economy,” he wrote in an opinion column on Marijuana Moment. “Thanks to these steps, the Silver State is now positioned to become the national leader in the cannabis industry and the model case-study for other states. In other words, cannabis has the potential to set Nevada’s economy ablaze.”

Regulations need to be ironed out. Rules governing the lounges include employee training, indoor air quality, health standards and incident reporting, Thornley said.

“Of note, the regulation stipulates that these Lounges must be, ‘attached to or immediately adjacent to the cannabis sales facility,’ meaning it must be physically attached to the retail facility or on property sharing a common border,” he added.

He further said applications for lounges could be available by mid-September “with the possibility of lounges opening mid-fall in certain jurisdictions.”

More fried chicken arrives in Reno as Cluckers opens in Midtown

A fried chicken sandwich from Cluckers.
A fried chicken sandwich from Cluckers. Image: Nora Tarte / This Is Reno

What the CLUCK is in this chicken?

If you consider yourself a fan of juicy, savory fried chicken wings and thighs, then you’re going to be really excited about the newest restaurant to hit Reno’s Center Street.

If you haven’t tried Cluckers MidTown yet, that’s okay. After all, it did just open on July 6. The eatery had opened its doors briefly before that to get customer feedback but quickly closed again to make a few fixes.

The end result was worth the wait.

Read more button link: https://thisisreno.com/2022/07/more-fried-chicken-arrives-in-reno-as-cluckers-opens-in-midtown/

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