LIFESTYLE , MARIJUANA LAW , READERS CHOICE
What Will Social Smoking Be Like in Los Angeles? Look to Denver!
With all the excitement of recreational cannabis coming to Los Angeles, one thing that is not currently on the books are rules for social smoking. Many stoners have long dreamed of the coffee shops of Amsterdam making their way stateside, but current laws in the City of Angels either prohibit or ignore the option to smoke socially in public establishments. With interest for these types of experiences sure to rise, what would the landscape of social cannabis look like? One needs to look no further than the great state of Colorado where Denver is one year into it’s pilot program exploring these options.
After legalizing recreational marijuana, one of the largest issues facing consumers in Colorado was where it would be legal to consume cannabis. Nothing in the laws allowed public consumption and even restricted use in private areas. In November 2016 though, Initiative 300 was introduced to allow private businesses the ability to host ‘bring your own’ cannabis events for ages 21 and over. This meant businesses can receive permits to host events featuring onsite consumption. The kicker is they would not be allowed to distribute cannabis via onsite sales. Additionally these establishments would need the backing of a neighborhood group such as a city-registered neighborhood organization or a Business Improvement District. While one can’t go to a bar type establishment and pay for a dab yet, one can attend a wide variety of classes and events that feature cannabis use.
Current popular programs include painting or cooking classes that incorporate the element of smoking as a means of enhancing creativity and relaxing nerves. Furthermore, some hotels and bed and breakfasts are applying for permits to allow guests to smoke on premises in a bid to become all in one cannabis destinations. Another popular option is a private club, which hosts events on behalf of their members, who usually pay a monthly or yearly fee. Other less conventional methods include options such as a Buds and Suds tour, featuring 420 friendly transportation that stops at grow ops and breweries!
The closest one can find a social smoking atmosphere is in the city of West Hollywood. West Hollywood currently has a few legal establishments such as Hitman Coffeeshop, a co-working and networking space for cannabis professionals that allows smoking and vaporizing on premises for members who pay a fee. They also host weekly events and sponsored parties sometimes open to the public and new members. Overall we can’t wait to see how creative the citizens of LA get when it comes to presenting their cannabis events and hope the laws on the books catch up soon!