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This city could be first in SLO County to allow cannabis lounges — but what are they?

Grover Beach could soon become the first local city with what essentially equates to cannabis bars if a new ordinance is passed later this year.

The City Council directed staff on Monday to pursue an ordinance that would allow cannabis lounges at commercial cannabis retailers in the city.

Currently Grover Beach has four approved cannabis retailers: 805 Beach Breaks, Natural Healing Center, Urbn Leaf and Jushi, which is still under construction.

“The City of Grover Beach currently has three cannabis retailers operating in a safe and responsible way with a fourth under construction,” Grover Beach Mayor Jeff Lee said in a news release Wednesday. “Allowing our retailers to expand their business operations will continue to help strengthen our local economy, further transform our commercial spaces, and create new jobs and tax revenue for the Grover Beach community.”

WHAT IS A CANNABIS LOUNGE?

Since California voters legalized recreational cannabis in 2016, a number of retailers have begun popping up across the county selling cannabis products to the general public.

Where you can consume cannabis, however, is still restricted by state law: It is not allowed in public locations like on sidewalks, in parks or in vehicles, and can also be prohibited by property owners for housing units they rent out.

Because of this, consumption lounges have opened across the United States, offering a place for adults to smoke, vape or eat cannabis products in a legally allowed setting.

To Read The Rest Of This Article By Kaytlyn Leslie on The Tribune – SLO

Published: January 13, 2022

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