As cannabis use becomes legal across more and more of the country on the state level, consumption lounges are popping up.
In California, the cannabis cafe Lowell Cafe is slated to open Sept. 1 in West Hollywood. Local religious leaders and others have expressed concerns, indicating the rift between communities and consumption spaces.
Other states like Massachusetts could follow the same path, as it passed initial approval for social spaces in May of 2019. Previously in March of 2019, Alaska adopted its own rules for on-site consumption at licensed retail locations. And Nevada has opted to postpone legislation on cannabis lounges until 2021.
‘Our Children Won’t Even Blink An Eye’
Caleb Chen has advocated for social consumption in Los Angeles and Las Vegas since 2014.
Certain medical dispensaries in California featured lounges for consumption prior to adult use legalization in California, Chen told Benzinga — and he’s been to several Los Angeles dispensaries that offer on-site dabs and smoking. Las Vegas has social consumption despite the legislation being halted, he said, referencing a gaming lounge where vaping rules go unenforced. In his view, market demand will eventually push through any red tape and make public consumption akin to drinking alcohol in a bar.
“Sure, there might be some dry counties, but it’ll eventually be so normal that our children won’t even blink an eye when they pass one,” Chen said.
Published: July 30, 2019
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