Posting date: May 26, 20,23, 11h48.
Last updated: May 26, 2023 at 02:32h
An artist’s rendition of the Lexi. Elevations Hotels and Resorts, based in Phoenix, acquired the nongaming Artisan hotel for $11.9m in March 2022. The 64-room, non-gaming hotel, located just off Las Vegas Strip, will allow and encourage cannabis smoking within its 22 rooms on the fourth floor. These rooms will have state-of-the art air filters for that purpose. The Lexi is prohibited from selling cannabis by law. It can’t be delivered to the property, and smoking in common areas is prohibited.
“The Lexi operates in accordance with all local and state laws,” the FAQ claims.
Nevada voters passed recreational cannabis laws in November 2016.
Skirting the Law
None of these lounges are open yet except for the Vegas Tasting Room at NuWu Cannabis Marketplace, which has skirted regulations since it opened in 2019 because it sits on tribal land about two miles North of Fremont Street.
But the Lexi wouldn’t qualify to open a cannabis lounge anyway. The Lexi originally announced plans to have a cannabis lounge on the ground floor. However, these plans were scrapped after its owners discovered that Nevada law prohibited such lounges from being within 1,500 feet (or less) of a casino. The Palace Station sits less than 1,500 feet from the Lexi.
According to the city of Las Vegas, the Lexi’s owners didn’t even bother applying for a lounge license.
Elevations invested more than $15 million to purchase and renovate the 1.3-acre Artisan Hotel at 1501 W. Sahara Ave., which the Siegel Group bought out of foreclosure in 2010.
So are Hotel Rooms Private or Public?
“I think most people would argue that hotel rooms are public places that are open for business for the public to rent those rooms,” Amanda Connor, an attorney with Connor & Connor, a Nevada firm specializing in cannabis law, told
If it is determined that laws are being broken by the Lexi, it’s not clear whether the hotel, its customers, or both, would be held accountable.
A representative for the Lexi didn’t return repeated
Casino.org emails seeking comment.