The commission’s current regulations prohibit casinos from allowing “persons who are visibly intoxicated” to continue gambling or drinking. The new amendment expands this classification of intoxicated users to include anyone who is visibly impaired by cannabis or other drugs, not just alcohol. As a result of this new rule, casinos may require additional workforce training to help their floor staff identify signs that a customer may be too stoned to gamble. “Previously, we used the words ‘intoxication,’ and intoxication sometimes gives the feeling of just alcohol… We want to make it crystal-clear across the board under all regulations that ‘impairment’ is not just alcohol; it’s being impaired by drugs. “
Although these alcohol regulations have been in effect for years, it’s been rare for the commission to actually take disciplinary action against casinos for allowing intoxicated patrons to gamble.
In addition to state laws, casinos are also required to follow all federal laws in order to keep their gaming licenses, so officials have decided to play it safe until federal restrictions on cannabis are finally lifted.
Tourists flocking to Nevada to check out the booming recreational cannabis market have been finding it difficult to locate a place to get high. In addition to casinos, the majority of hotels prohibit customers from smoking weed, and public use of the plant also remains illegal.