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Nevada's first cannabis lounge to open Saturday, employees high with excitement

LAS VEGAS (KSNV) — It's the first for the state: It looks like a bar or brewery, but behind the bar stool, you can see bongs instead of bottles. It's Nevada's first cannabis tasting lounge. The staff is high on excitement.

While the state hasn't given the green light on these lounges, NuWu is on sovereign tribal land, and subject to tribal authority. That's why come Saturday, customers will be able to light up.

"In Nevada, it is the first," said Alfreda Mitre, a Paiute Tribe Councilwoman. "So we are looking foreword to providing this experience to our customers."

It's an experience she says will mirror a craft brewery or wine tasting room. Flights are designed for cannabis connoisseurs to sample products.

Waiters will be offering smoking and vaporizing options, along with edibles to customers inside.

But what about safety concerns? Mitre says NuWu will be monitoring.

"There is a time limit that will be in place," she said. "We do have budtenders to do that expertise and will be able to gently nudge the customer when they think their needs will be met."

NuWu may be the only lounge in Southern Nevada for the next few years.

While the city passed an ordinance allowing lounges earlier this year, Governor Sisolak signed Assembly Bill 533 in June that in part, created a two-year hold on lounge licensing so research could be done.

In a statement, the Governor's Office said in part:

"The cannabis control board... will strictly regulate the cannabis industry to protect public health and safety, as well as create a stable, predictable business environment to promote economic growth."

In the meantime, Mitre says NuWu is happy to fill in the gap and show how it can be done.

A spokesman for the City of Las Vegas says no cannabis lounges will open in the city the CCB has its findings.

NuWu says its staff members will also be working with Uber, Lyft and taxi services to make sure no one will be getting behind the wheel after partaking.

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