An adult entertainment club has sued the city of Las Vegas over the city’s restrictions on medical marijuana, arguing that the city can’t impose the same restrictions on a marijuana-only club.
Suffolk County Superior Court Judge Mark H. Krumm ruled Friday that the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s policy of prohibiting medical marijuana use does not allow for clubs to operate within the city limits.
The Las Vegas Police Department, however, said it was open to reconsider the ruling if the city and club agreed to abide by its policies.
In the lawsuit filed on Wednesday in the Clark County Superior court, the Adult Entertainment Club of Southern Nevada (CEOSN) argues that the policy of the Clark’s Department of Public Safety (DPPS) violates the First Amendment rights of all clubs in the county, which include adult entertainment, movie theaters and bowling alleys.
In a letter to the DPS, CEOSN said it would not operate under the policy unless the city agrees to permit it to do so.
CEOSXN was founded in 2013 and is located in Las Vegas’ strip mall area.
CEosN operates under the name “Circle of Love.”
In a statement, Mayor Carolyn Goodman said that she will continue to work to pass medical marijuana legislation in the Legislature and will continue working with our state and local partners to ensure that Las Vegas is a welcoming place for medical marijuana patients and their caregivers.
The City Council has not yet voted on medical pot legislation, but will be hearing testimony in March on the issue.
If approved, the measure would allow the City Council to authorize licensing for medical cannabis dispensaries, a process that would begin in 2021.
The city could then issue licenses to businesses that want to operate in Las, which could create a pathway for cannabis businesses to expand.
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