In most legal cannabis states, consumption is allowed only in private residences. Cannabis enthusiasts are prohibited by local laws from consuming in public—as well as in most public housing, hotels, restaurants, cafes, bars and other venues.
That ‘where-to-smoke’ dilemma is forcing change in local laws and the hospitality industry.
There are a handful of consumption lounges in San Francisco, but outside the Bay Area most consumers are out of luck.
That’s left millions of legal consumers in a bind. Cannabis may be legal to grow, sell, purchase, and possess—but if you’re just visiting a legal state, it can be almost impossible to legally light up.
That ‘where-to-smoke’ dilemma is slowly forcing changes in both local laws and the hospitality industry.
In recent months, a number of states have moved on reform measures:
Colorado: The Legislature recently approved a measure that would allow “marijuana hospitality spaces” where cannabis may be consumed. It would also permit retail cannabis stores to create similar consumption spaces. That bill, which also amends Colorado’s Clean Air act to provide an exception for these hospitality spaces, is heading to the state’s governor for final approval. Nevada: Earlier this month the Las Vegas City Council voted to approve Nevada’s first marijuana consumption lounges, which will offer safe locations for tourists and residents to partake in cannabis. “I’m not advocating smoking marijuana,” Councilwoman Michele Fiore told the Las Vegas Review-Journal, “but what I am advocating for is making sure we as a government agency do not create criminals by basically not giving them an outlet after we’ve passed a state law.”
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Many cannabis consumers already get around the obvious risks of public cannabis smoking by instead consuming edibles, cannabis-infused