As marijuana use becomes more and more mainstream everyday, enthusiasts are finding it an excellent alternative to alcohol. However, so far the ability to legally consume marijuana and its products has been relegated to the privacy of your home. Some entrepreneurial individuals are taking notice and planning cannabis-centric events even though they have to tip toe around the current regulations. And while it is very much still in its infancy, we definitely believe that events and locales specific to marijuana enthusiasts like lounges and cafes will soon be common place across states where cannabis use has been legalized. Similar to Amsterdam, where their cafes and even bars allow you to consume your cannabis on the premises, these establishments would seem like a virtual no brainer here in the states!

Nightlife has long been synonymous with alcohol – but party planners can’t assume any booze-friendly event will work as well with cannabis

Coco Ono, wearing only hot pants and pot-leaf pasties, prepared an overstuffed and dripping peanut butter sandwich and suggestively ate it on stage.

In front of a less supportive crowd, her cabaret performance would risk being unwatchable. But on this night, the crowd – and almost everyone on stage – was high.

The show, part of a marijuana-themed comedy and burlesque night I recently attended in Los Angeles, took place in a jewel box performance space behind a bar. In keeping with the logistical hurdles these events still face, the “medication room”, where sponsoring brands provided samples, was across a parking lot. A touch awkwardly, it was a few doors down from a busy Alcoholics Anonymous storefront.

While nine US states and Washington DC have legalized recreational weed, none of them officially allow “social use” establishments – bars or cafes where a visitor can sit down and light a joint. Unofficially, they’re around, but tend to function more as social clubs for industry professionals than public venues.


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