Everyone enjoys a safe place to go and indulge in something with like minded people. Whether it be a coffee shop, a record store or bar, everyone always has a place where they can go to simply hang out and be around their favorite things. So what about when it comes to weed? There has always been this taboo surrounding smoking weed publically, but just within the recent years, people have been fighting back against this notion. Many people have been working to open up their own weed lounges; Safe, public places where one can go and enjoy themselves and get high.
Weed lounges seem to be this great idea and now with so many states legalizing marijuana, you would think they’d be everywhere, but that’s simply not the case. So why has it been so hard to open up a weed lounge?
Many people who argue against these lounges claim that they will cause more trouble than they are worth. The same people who are against these businesses also believe that these lounges, if opened, will cause more people to drive while high and attract more crime. But this simply isn’t the case, just look at Las Vegas for example.
Weed has been legalized in Sin City since 2017, but it wasn’t until 2021, Assembly Bill 341 was passed allowing on-site consumption. This bill authorizes the CCB or the Cannabis Compliance Board, to regulate and license cannabis lounges around Nevada. The CCB is also responsible for regulating public health, safety and works to maintain social equality to help those who have been affected by non-violent charges.
It has only been a little over a year since the bill was passed and Las Vegas has now grown in the amount of weed lounges around the town. They are everywhere now. It is to the point that Vegas can now have its own best top 10 list. So if it’s working well there, why not the other states? Did prohibition ever actually end?
There are extremely pro-weed states that, shockingly, are lacking when it comes to opening up these bars. Even Colorado. Which was even one of the first states to legalize marijuana way back in 2014, so why are they so far behind when it goes to opening up these social substance lounges?
Weed lounges are a great business opportunity and have the ability to offer safer and quality places to indulge and have fun. Slowly, they are starting to open up in pro-weed states, but hopefully soon laws catch up to make consumption safer.