California Just Got One Step Closer to Legalizing Amsterdam-Style Cannabis Cafes

May 22, 2024 · Thrillist

In Amsterdam, “coffee shop” holds a completely different meaning than what Americans might expect. The artistic, canal-filled city is packed with aesthetically-pleasing cafes that serve the typical coffee, tea, and sandwiches, as well as a vast array of cannabis products. As of May 20, California is one step closer to adopting this lifestyle. Assembly Bill 1775, which would allow dispensaries in California to serve food and nonalcoholic beverages, was approved by the State Assembly this week and is now headed to the State Senate.… Read more.

Las Vegas marijuana consumption lounges prepare for new era

March 14, 2024 · MJ Biz Daily

Exhale. The long-awaited arrival of marijuana consumption lounges in Las Vegas is finally here. Thrive Cannabis Marketplace recently opened the first state-licensed lounge adjacent to its store just off the Las Vegas Strip, and nearly 20 other consumption businesses are putting the finishing touches on their venues, according to state regulators. After passing the final site inspection by the Nevada Cannabis Compliance Board (CCB) on Feb. 15, Smoke and Mirrors Cannabis Lounge opened a week later, highlighting the urgency and behind-the-scenes preparations… Read more.

Maine Proposal Would Legalize Cannabis Social Clubs

January 25, 2024 · Ganjapreneur

Maine lawmakers are considering a proposal to legalize cannabis social clubs and other forms of on-site consumption, according to a Spectrum News report. Sponsored by state Rep. David Boyer (R-Poland), the proposal would establish a cannabis-based hospitality industry in Maine by giving tourists a place to legally consume. If approved, the bill would establish a “cannabis hospitality establishment license” that would need to be acquired before businesses could allow on-site consumption. LD 1952 appeared recently before the Legislature’s Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee. The… Read more.

California Lawmaker Revives Bill To Legalize Marijuana Cafes Months After Governor’s Veto

January 10, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

A California lawmaker is renewing his push to legalize cannabis cafes in the state, with a newly introduced bill and plans to work with the governor and regulators to address concerns that resulted in the last version being vetoed. Assemblymember Matt Haney (D) is again sponsoring the proposal, which would allow on-site marijuana consumption at licensed businesses, which could also offer non-cannabis food and drinks and host live events such as concerts if they get permission from the local government. Gov.… Read more.

Six New Consumption Lounge Licenses Approved in Nevada

November 6, 2023 · High Times

Nevada officials are continuing to approve more consumption lounge applications, with six more conditional licenses approved by the Nevada Cannabis Compliance Board (CCB) for various cannabis companies. On Oct. 24, the CCB discussed approval for a variety of consumption lounge applications. The chosen businesses in this round include Curaleaf Holdings, Inc.; Green Thumb Industries, Inc.; Desert Evolution, LLC; Higher* Archy, LLC; NevadaPure, LLC; and TGIG, LLC. Curaleaf Holdings, one of the biggest cannabis companies in the world, received one of the licenses for… Read more.

No Cannabis Cafes for You! – California Governor Newsom Vetoes Weed Cafes in the Golden State

October 18, 2023 · Cannabis.net

Governor Gavin Newsom (D) of California recently took a series of actions that yielded varied outcomes for the cannabis industry and advocates of marijuana reform. Notably, he vetoed a proposal to legalize cannabis cafes, which left supporters disheartened as they believed it could have provided new social opportunities for consumers and spurred business growth. Simultaneously, he vetoed marijuana packaging regulations, which industry operators argued would have imposed overly burdensome restrictions. On the positive side, Governor Newsom signed several other bills… Read more.

Maryland-based cannabis retailer buoys business with spa and holistic pharmacy

October 10, 2023 · MJ Biz Daily

Executives often undertake business diversification as a hedge against their core business or the economy going sour. But in 2014, when Curio Wellness co-founder and Chief Brand Officer Wendy Bronfein and her partners conceived the idea for a Timonium, Maryland-based medical cannabis dispensary combined with a wellness store and a spa, the challenges facing MMJ entrepreneurs weren’t just economic but cultural. Diversification built in Bronfein and her partners built diversification into the business model not only to provide backup revenue… Read more.

California Bill To Legalize Marijuana Cafes Is Officially Going To The Governor Following Final Assembly Vote

September 12, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

A California bill to legalize marijuana cafes—allowing dispensaries to offer non-cannabis food and drinks at their location if they receive local approval—is officially heading to the governor’s desk. Days after the Senate passed a slightly amended version of the legislation from Assemblymember Matt Haney (D), the Assembly concurred with the opposite chamber’s changes on Monday in a 48-7 vote. It now goes to Gov. Gavin Newsom (D). AB 374 would allow local governments to authorize cannabis consumption lounges to prepare and… Read more.

St. Louis, Missouri Officials Considering Allowing Cannabis Lounges

August 25, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

St. Louis, Missouri officials are considering allowing the operation of cannabis lounges, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Under the plan, patrons could smoke cannabis and eat cannabis products on-site.  Aldermanic President Megan Green told the St. Louis Business Journal that the lounges have “the potential to provide an economic boom for the city.”  A private cannabis lounge opened in the city in 2019, prior to voters approving broad cannabis legalization reforms in 2022, and at least three others like it have opened within city limits, according… Read more.

Nevada regulators approve more marijuana consumption lounges

August 24, 2023 · MJ Biz Daily

Nevada regulators have approved three more applications for marijuana consumption lounge licenses, including two concepts in the Las Vegas market. The Cannabis Compliance Board (CCB) on Tuesday unanimously approved applications from Deep Roots Harvest and Global Harmony, which operate Las Vegas cannabis stores, as well as KV Group in the southern Nevada town Pahrump. Nevada regulators have now approved seven consumption spaces, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. In June, the CCB granted the first three conditional licenses for such venues to: Cheyenne Medical… Read more.

Raekwon’s Cannabis Company Approved to Renovate Historic Newark Building for Consumption Lounge

August 5, 2023 ·

Newark, New Jersey’s Central Planning Board on Tuesday approved plans by Architect Rachael Grochowski and Hashstoria to renovate a historical building in the city – the former home of engineering firm A.R. Meeker & Co and Stoutenburgh & Co. Newark Clothiers – for a cannabis consumption lounge.     Hashstoria is co-founded by Raekwon of the Wu-Tang Clan, civil rights attorney Bakari Sellers, and radio, tv personality, and mental health advocate Charlamagne tha God. Hashstoria currently has locations in Astoria, Gladstone,… Read more.

Hospitality Trends Come to Retail

July 18, 2023 · MG Magazine

As the cannabis industry matures, regulatory restrictions are becoming less stringent, paving the way for dispensaries to operate more like traditional retailers and cannabis to become a normal part of everyday activities. This situation opens the door for dispensaries to co-brand with complementary business offerings like consumption lounges, hotels, and other adjacent entities. To adapt to changing market conditions, modern cannabis retailers are looking to other verticals for inspiration. One such vertical is hospitality, which has spent decades creating identifiable brands, curating positive customer experiences,… Read more.

Cannabis Lounges Are Redefining Hospitality, Cirrus Social Club Founder Says

June 30, 2023 · Benzinga

Cannabis lounges are gaining traction in the rapidly evolving cannabis industry, offering individuals a safe and responsible space to consume cannabis while enjoying a unique social experience. In an exclusive interview, Cirrus Social Club founder Arend Richard shares insights into the regulations, challenges, innovations, and societal impacts associated with cannabis lounges. Richard highlights the wide range of regulations governing cannabis lounges in different jurisdictions. Some areas allow "Marijuana Hospitality" with limited or no food and beverage service. Denver-based Cirrus Social Club, however, stands out by… Read more.

Nevada eases marijuana consumption lounge rules, issues first licenses

Nevada regulators this week approved loosening air-ventilation standards for marijuana consumption lounges in Las Vegas and other parts of the state while granting the first three conditional licenses for such venues. The Nevada Cannabis Compliance Board’s (CCB) actions provide more clarity for operators to move forward with construction and design plans – and could make it cheaper and easier for lounges to open their doors in one of the nation’s largest tourist markets. Chris Anderson, president of Sala Consulting, told… Read more.

California Assembly Committee Approves Bill To Legalize Marijuana Cafes That Already Passed Senate

June 22, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

A California Assembly committee has approved a Senate-passed bill to legalize marijuana cafes, allowing dispensaires to offer non-cannabis food and drinks at their location if they receive local approval. About a month after the legislation from Sen. Ben Allen (D) cleared the Senate, the Assembly Business and Professions Committee advanced it on Tuesday in a 15-2 vote. The measure now heads to the Governmental Organization Committee before potentially moving to the floor. The bill is largely consistent with a separate… Read more.

First cannabis consumption lounge licenses issued by Nevada Cannabis Compliance Board

June 21, 2023 · KTNV

The first three conditional licenses for cannabis consumption licenses in Nevada have officially been issued. On Tuesday, the Nevada Cannabis Compliance Board stated that in Clark County, Planet 13 and the Thrive Cannabis Marketplace were selected while Washoe County's The Venue at Sol Cannabis also received a license. The board added these are conditional licenses. In November, the board issued 40 cannabis consumption lounge prospective licenses after the random number selection events. According to the board, those license holders must submit all required documents… Read more.

Las Vegas Strip Finally Has an Answer for Its Cannabis Problem

June 21, 2023 · The Street

When Nevada legalized in January 2017, it created a problem. The state made it legal to possess cannabis, but it did not change the rules regarding where you could smoke it. Currently, the law only allows people to smoke marijuana in a private residence. Hotel rooms don't count as private residences and, since most Las Vegas/Las Vegas Strip hotel rooms have associated casinos, federal law would prohibit allowing consumption. Basically, that created a situation where people could buy smokable marijuana… Read more.

Las Vegas marijuana consumption lounges encounter delays

June 15, 2023 · MJ Biz Daily

Marijuana operators and consumers anticipating consumption lounges opening this summer in Las Vegas will probably have to wait. Administrative setbacks, tight funding and changing regulations governing smoke ventilation have likely delayed the launch of dozens of lounges for months, with the real possibility that only a few might open by year-end, industry experts told MJBizDaily. The Nevada Cannabis Compliance Board (CCB), the state’s chief marijuana regulator, could address the regulatory issues at a June 20 meeting. Industry executives have raised concerns… Read more.

Food, drink, pot under one roof: California state bill could allow for cannabis cafes

June 4, 2023 · Yahoo!News

California cannabis users may soon not have to travel far to get a cup of coffee to go with their legal pot. The state's assembly passed a bill Wednesday that would allow California's localities the right to approve the sale of food and non-alcoholic drinks inside legal cannabis dispensaries. Current state law prohibits any food or beverage from being served in recreational marijuana dispensaries. State Assemblyman Matt Haney, who introduced the bill, told ABC News that those current regulations are "outdated and… Read more.

California Assembly Passes Cannabis Cafés Bill

June 3, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

The California Assembly on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a bill to allow cannabis cafés in the state, KTVU Fox 2 reports. The measure passed the chamber 64-9.   The legislation would permit the sale of non-cannabis products for consumption at the cafés, which is prohibited under current state law although limited on-site cannabis consumption is allowed.  Assemblymember Matt Haney (D) tole KTVU that “There’s absolutely no good reason from an economic, health, or safety standpoint that the state should make that illegal.”  “Lots of people want to enjoy… Read more.

Las Vegas, Las Vegas Strip Have a Surprising Pot Problem

May 31, 2023 · The Street

If bars didn't exist, but liquor stores were plentiful, and open-container laws were widely enforced because consuming alcohol was only legal in private residences, you can see the conundrum that causes. A tourist in a city could buy liquor, but the only place they could consume it would be a private home -- something they don't have access to -- so, instead, they would drink clandestinely in alleys, parking lots, and their hotel rooms. Alcohol, of course, is easier to… Read more.

Cannabis lounge coming to Bay City, Kokomo’s reopens as Press Play 989 and more business news

May 23, 2023 · MLive

From a new cannabis consumption lounge coming to downtown Bay City to a family fun center that just reopened in Saginaw County, here’s some recent business news you might have missed: Little Pastry Shop bringing freshly-baked cinnamon rolls and pies to City Market Little Pastry Shop is bringing fresh baked goods to downtown Bay City’s City Market. The new bakery specializes in its best-selling cinnamon rolls, scones, such as customer favorites: lemon and tart cherry almond, personal pies and other… Read more.

Are cannabis consumption lounges the next hookah bars? Inside the untapped business model

May 4, 2023 · Yahoo!News

Across the state, pubs, cigar bars and even hookah lounges are common. Could cannabis consumption lounges be next? Michigan is among 10 states that have legalized public cannabis consumption on some level. Cannabis lounges allow customers to consume on-site, but they're not allowed to sell any marijuana or related products like edibles. They essentially operate as the equivalent of BYOB (bring your own bottle) restaurants. "The public is welcome and they can bring any cannabis they want, whether it was… Read more.

Should Sacramento introduce cannabis consumption lounges? The city wants to hear from you

May 2, 2023 · Sacramento Bee

Nearly 40 storefront dispensaries operate in Sacramento, but — until now — customers have nowhere to legally consume cannabis except for their homes. At the moment, people who consume cannabis in public areas of Sacramento could face a minimum $100 fine. But, the city’s Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) is considering a plan to introduce consumption lounges in the capital region. If this change takes place, Sacramento’s consumption policy would be akin to other cities in the state such as… Read more.

Cannabis tourism in Michigan is a real thing. Here’s what to know, where to stay

May 2, 2023 · Detroit Free Press

As people start to make their summer travel plans, there are a growing number of options for travelers to Michigan to consume marijuana on vacation, from cannabis music festivals to consumption lounges and cannabis-friendly lodging. While the number and variety of options available to travelers since marijuana became legal in 2018 are increasing, the cannabis travel industry is still in its early days. There are no Pure Michigan (the state of Michigan's tourism campaign) commercials advertising cannabis tourism in the… Read more.

Cannabis consumption lounges coming to Bay City

April 26, 2023 · ABC 12

Soon, Bay City will open something that is new for Mid-Michigan -- lounges that are like a bar...for cannabis users. Bay City is one of just a handful of cities trying this in our state. Earlier this month, the city commission revised its recreational marijuana ordinance, allowing a total of five designated consumption licenses to qualified applicants. It has been met with both support and opposition. "It's highly regulated, just like the sales," City Commissioner Chris Girard said. No alcohol… Read more.

The Role of Cannabis Lounges in Fostering Community

April 17, 2023 · RollingStone

AS CANNABIS BECOMES normalized and less stigmatized, we’re seeing more Americans turning to cannabis and away from alcohol. The U.S. has been alcohol-centric for too long and many people are searching for alternatives that facilitate socializing without alcohol. With about four in ten adults living unpartnered, there is reason to believe more people are searching for spaces to gather with friends. Individuals who socialize frequently during the week might prefer to limit their alcohol intake to avoid excessive consumption or the unpleasant effects… Read more.

Cannabis Lounge Expert Sara Stewart On How To Grow Cannabis Beverages

March 14, 2023 · Cannabis Drink Expo

We want cannabis bars to look similar to alcohol bars with lots of selection and variety. Sara Stewart is a seasoned hospitality professional with experience managing and operating 2 of the first cannabis consumption lounges in the US. She has a particular interest in bridging the gap between cannabis consumption lounges and today's hospitality standards using education, control, and valuable insight. We chat with her about how she thinks we can grow the cannabis drinks category and what everyone involved can… Read more.

First-of-its-kind medical marijuana lounge opens in Maryland

This past Saturday, March 3, Maryland's first-ever cannabis lounge opened for business in Burtonsville. Advertised as a safe space to consume cannabis and pass the time, the Ceylon House, located at 4009 Sandy Spring Road, was created in concept by owners Venushki “Venus” Hemachandra and Shreemal Perera. Inspired by the tea houses in Sri Lanka, officials claim on the website that Ceylon House is an inclusive space for cannabis enthusiasts.  Open daily from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m., anyone 21 and… Read more.