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Nevada Expects Cannabis Lounges by 2020

County Commissioner, Tick Segerblom sees a bright future for Cannabis Business in Nevada

Tick Segerblom is one of Nevada’s most well-known public servants. A fourth generation public servant, his family’s four-generation legacy of service dates back to his great-grandfather in 1906. The legacy of service and dedication to the community sets Segerblom apart. From 1990 to 1994, Segerblom served as the Chairman for the Nevada Democratic Party. And, in 2012, Segerblom won a seat in the Nevada State Senate.

 

Clark County, Nevada Working Towards Licenses

Today, Tick Segerblom serves as the Clark County Commissioner. Segerblom is a key ally to the cannabis community with a sincere heart and a desire to see a bright future for cannabis. Segerblom shared his thoughts with me on the pressing issues facing Nevada’s cannabis community. The first important issue is licensing. With 60 licenses available, Segerblom says, “The resolution of those 60 licenses is pretty important.” Who gets those licenses have yet to be determined. Unfortunately, Segerblom states, “we’re in limbo.” We must wait to see how some legal issues are resolved. Segerblom explains, “The licenses, that’s more of an administrative decision.

Tick Segerblom Clark County Commissioner
Tick Segerblom Clark County Commissioner

The local jurisdiction just has to decide.” Clark County Commissioner, Tick Segerblom stated, “Clark County, where I am now, the 10 licenses will work here. The previous commissioners voted for a moratorium until July. Nothing’s going to happen on those until July.” Segerblom wants people to understand, “Each jurisdiction is different.” Segerblom states, “it’s economics.” He explains, “We just have to wait and see who has the political power.” The licenses are just one issue.

Segerblom knows the key question people are asking. Segerblom expresses, “What are we going to do about cannabis lounges?” Segerblom sees the cannabis lounge as “the next frontier” for cannabis tourism and the cannabis industry. I asked Segerblom when we might expect to see cannabis lounges open here in Las Vegas and Segerblom responded, “realistically, not until the end of the year.” Segerblom says, “The governor appointed a seven-person cannabis commission.” They were asked to draft legislation for cannabis lounges.

When Can We Expect To See Cannabis Lounges?

When questioned on how soon can we expect cannabis lounges? Segerblom explained, “I think 2020 for sure. It’s really more of a question ‘what you’re allowed to do in the lounge’; there’s a lot of resistance to alcohol.” The main question is “does it have to be tied to the dispensary?” The question regarding proximity is important. It’s the main question about the proposed new cannabis lounges and the rules that will govern them, that every interested party needs answered. Segerblom states, “We know it works. It’s just a matter of how Nevada wants to regulate it.” Segerblom says, “From my perspective, the less regulation the better. Let capitalism work.” Segerblom explains, “I just think the lounges are so essential to Nevada because we have such huge tourism industry. 40 million people come to Las Vegas. Those people need somewhere to use [cannabis].

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representation of a cannabis bar

We’re trying to say buy it. But, of course, under the law, you can’t use it anywhere.” Segerblom states, “From my perspective, we want to have as much diversity in ownership as we can.” Segerblom believes it’s important to, “spread the wealth around. Let woman and minorities get involved. That would be great.” Segerblom explains, “Philosophically speaking, it seems to me that most of the dispensaries are located around the strip. I would like to see some dispensaries away from the strip so locals would have a place to purchase without driving so far.” While Las Vegas has created a tourism industry for cannabis, tourists are wondering where they can legally consume the cannabis they purchase because they can’t take it home with them across state lines or on airplanes.

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Segerblom says, “If you’ve been to Planet 13 you can see the future.” When it comes to the future of cannabis in Las Vegas, Segerblom believes the future of cannabis will be in businesses similar to Planet 13. Segerblom explains, “Planet 13’s goal was to figure out the pot lounge issues. To have associated with it, a pot lounge, games, arcade, anything which could be used to generate money.” Segerblom understands the importance of our veterans. He’s been approached by veterans about the cannabis topic.

Segerblom states, “Veterans would like to have a cannabis lounge where they can sit and talk about PTSD and use marijuana.” Segerblom explains it doesn’t end with lounges. He says, “people are talking about doing marijuana massages, pilates, yoga, have health spas…all kinds of venues associated with cannabis and I think the more we can experiment with the better.” Segerblom believes it’s important to, “see what works and what doesn’t work” as it relates to cannabis businesses.

Getting the suburbs to open up to cannabis is a bit more challenging. “I think if you find the location that would fit the zoning ordinances, talk to the neighborhood, if you have to, take them to dispensaries and show them what it is. Once people are exposed to it and understand what it is, it actually improves the neighborhood.” Segerblom understands, “If you put it in a strip mall, it gets security from the strip mall.” Segerblom explains, “They’re really a positive force in most neighborhoods now.”

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Stephanie Annis

Stephanie Annis is a Las Vegas based journalist. Stephanie began as a patient advocate during Michigan’s 2008 Proposal 1 vote legalizing medical marijuana.Stephanie came to Las Vegas in 2014 and began writing for the Review-Journal’s Las Vegas Business Press until 2016 when the editorial board reverted its pro-marijuana position.Stephanie’s Story started as a blog in 2015 and was released as a book, Surviving & Thriving with Cannabis Stephanie’s Story, in 2017. Stephanie happily joins MaryJane’s Post team.

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