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Proposed Rapid City ordinance to regulate hookah moves forward

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With few changes, a proposed ordinance to regulate hookah lounges in Rapid City moves through Rapid City's Legal and Finance Committee.

Among many things, the ordinance would require a hookah lounge to have a license, to post signs stating the health risks of smoking hookah, and minors would not be allowed inside.

A previous restriction on hours of operation was struck from the ordinance.

The attorney for Ifrit's Hookah Lounge, Stephen Wesolick says the proposal could stop the average person from opening a business.

But Rapid City Police Chief Steve Allender says many cities across the country already have a similar law in place.

"We get to see what challenges these other agencies that started regulating hookah years ago have faced," said Chief Allender.

"You are creating an environment where the council can approve or disapprove someone engaging in a business activity," said Stephen Wesolick, Attorney for Ifrit's Hookah Lounge.

The revised ordinance goes before the full City Council on Monday night.

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