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Nevada Could See Cannabis Lounges by the Year’s End, Canada Still Has No Projected Date for Mandatory Cannabis Act Review, and DC Will Allow MMJ Patients to Self-Certify

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Nevada Could See Cannabis Lounges by the Year’s End

On Tuesday, Nevada’s Cannabis Compliance Board approved regulations for cannabis consumption lounges. The lounges will serve as a place where adults 21 and older can legally consume cannabis in a social setting. They are expected to boost the state’s tourism industry because they will provide a place for tourists to use cannabis products as it is currently illegal to consume marijuana outside of a private residence. Lawmakers passed a bill last year to legalize cannabis consumption lounges and create two separate licensing categories, one for existing retail stores to allow on-site consumption and another for independent establishments that will sell ready-to-consume and single-serving marijuana products for patrons to consume while at the lounge. State regulators unanimously approved the rules.

Canada Still Has No Projected Date for Mandatory Cannabis Act Review

The Canadian government is overdue for a mandatory review of its recreational marijuana law. To date, they still have not yet provided a specific date for when the review will take place. Originally, the review was supposed to begin in October 2021, roughly three years after Canada created their legal adult-use market. Industry experts and executives feel this delay is stalling progress toward regulatory reform. According to their legalization law, the review could take as long as 18 months and will generate a report which then needs to go to Parliament. A spokesperson for Health Canada told MJBizDaily in an email: “Preparations are underway for the launch of the legislative review”. 

DC Will Allow MMJ Patients to Self-Certify

Earlier this week, Washington, DC’s City Council approved an emergency ordinance that effectively opens the medical marijuana market to anyone that thinks cannabis can help with an existing ailment or condition. Patients will no longer need a doctor’s recommendation to legally obtain cannabis from one of the seven medical marijuana dispensaries in the nation’s capital. The law change was made to help licensed medical marijuana businesses in the district as current gray-market gifting practices have negatively impacted the legal operations. DC’s City Council has made repeated attempts to create a full recreational cannabis market, but their efforts have been shot down by Congress.