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Las Vegas City Council Eyes Paraphernalia Rule Change

October 17, 2017
Bongs, dab rigs, and other accessories could soon be making their way to Las Vegas smoke shops, as the City Council on Wednesday is set to consider changes that would allow tobacconists to sell cannabis paraphernalia.

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Smoke shops in Las Vegas currently need a license to be able to sell tobacco paraphernalia. The ordinance, posted online on the council’s agenda website, would implement a similar requirement to sell paraphernalia intended for cannabis.

The ordinance online doesn’t specifically define what marijuana paraphernalia is, describing it only as “equipment, products, and materials of any kind which are used” to ingest cannabis. The category will almost certainly include dab rigs, which are used to consume cannabis concentrates and are currently illegal to sell at tobacco shops.


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The ordinance would also set up additional rules around the sale of cannabis paraphernalia. Under current law, for example, an individual can be 18 and work at smoke shops that sell tobacco paraphernalia. Under the new ordinance, employees would have to be 21 or older to sell cannabis paraphernalia.

Shops would also need to limit sales of cannabis paraphernalia to those older 21 or older, according to measure’s text. The paraphernalia would need to be displayed in a manner that is not open to view by people under age 21, and signs would need to be posted at each entrance barring minors under 21 from entering.


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