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Nevada Legalizes Cannabis Consumption Lounges, Oregon Will Eventually Follow Suit

Undoubtedly, cannabis legalization has been beneficial for the states that have ended Reefer Madness prohibition within their borders, creating jobs and generating revenue instead of wasting taxpayer dollars on futile arrests and jailings in an futile attempt to cancel Mary Jane. Tourism has been a big driver of the cannabis economy as connoisseurs living in prohibition states travel to purchase from state-regulated dispensaries. Look no further than the cannabis sales experienced in Eastern Oregon, as its an open secret that Idahoans are flocking into the Beaver State for “greener” pastures in search of what the ruling class in the Gem State may refer to as “The Devil’s Lettuce.” Nevada is doubling down on cannabis tourism, wisely placing a bet that tourism will be spurred in the state by legalizing cannabis consumption lounges.

This newfound freedom will definitely boost cannabis tourism in the Silver State, especially in Las Vegas, where you just know we will soon see a variety of toking-friendly establishments, some even staffed by the likes of circus performers and Elvis impersonators. I predict that this move by Nevada will also influence neighboring states like Oregon to also formally legalize cannabis cafes and other consumption-friendly establishments. (East Fork Cultivars’ Hemp Bar is a good start, but…) Recognizing the impact on Sin City, food and dining site Eater Vegas, covered the passage of Assembly Bill 341, which authorizes the Nevada Cannabis Compliance Board to license and regulate cannabis consumption lounges:

“Nevada may soon have its first cannabis consumption lounges. The Nevada legislature passed a bill that allows two types of cannabis lounges during its 120-day session in Carson City. One type allows an existing dispensary to add a space for a lounge, with only one lounge allowed no matter how many locations a dispensary has. The other model permits independent businesses to build a consumption lounge with single-use cannabis products for sale.

“Since Nevada first legalized recreational marijuana dispensaries in 2017 in Nevada, many tourists have discovered that while they can purchase cannabis, they have nowhere to legally consume it unless they know someone who lives in Las Vegas. Cannabis products are not permitted inside casinos and hotels. While not legal in Nevada, tourists resort to consuming marijuana outdoors or in their hotel rooms.

“The first consumption lounges could open by the end of 2021. Starting July 1, dispensaries can start the application process for licensing with the Cannabis Compliance Board to open a consumption lounge.”

The Las Vegas Review Journal provided some insight into what these lounges may look like, with some fun possibilities:

“Some lounges will likely will have a bar-like set up, where customers 21 and older would be able to buy single-use or ready-to-consume marijuana products inside the lounge and consume it on-site.

“But there will be some flexibility for prospective owners who want to be creative with their lounge. Concepts like cafes with cannabis-infused products or marijuana-friendly yoga studios, comedy clubs and even massage parlors could be possible.”

Regulated cafes and other consumption-friendly businesses are needed in Oregon so everyone can have a safe place to enjoy legal cannabis. Not only should we capture the tourist dollars, but people that live in homes with restrictions on cannabis use, need a place to go. Nevada’s decision will soon reverberate across the country as voters, legislators, and policymakers see that the sky won’t fall and the dire predictions of naysayers, influenced by decades of Reefer Madness propaganda, will be proven false once again. Personally, I look forward to Kind Leaf and other great craft cannabis boutiques opening up a variety of cannabis establishments, even providing an opportunity for local entertainers to perform before an uplifted and euphoric crowd.

While Kind Leaf isn’t allowed to open a connected cannabis cafe just yet, Eastern Oregon’s premier craft cannabis boutique does offer the best selection in the Great Northwest. Come on into the beautiful store or order online with Leafly.

East Fork Cultivars’ Hemp Bar Should Pave the Way for Cannabis Cafes in Oregon

There are certainly many reasons to like legal cannabis in Oregon. For starters, thousands of people are no longer getting cited, arrested and jailed for cannabis and the Measure 91 legalization law set the stage for Measure 109 (medicinal psilocybin) and Measure 110 (drug decriminalization) to further improve our state’s drug laws. Oregon cultivators produce the best cannabis in the world, no offense to my California friends who love to rep the Golden State, but until you show me a better selection than Kind Leaf’s, I’m sticking by Oregon-grown sticky icky. We need to work on implementing more equity and social justice provisions such as automatically expunging old convictions and it’s a shame to see other states moving forward with cannabis cafes. Hardworking advocates are continually lobbying to improve the Beaver State’s cannabis laws and the good folks at East Fork Cultivars may have just jump started the movement to legalize cannabis cafes by opening the Hemp Bar. Willamette Week reported on last week’s grand opening:

“No, you’re still not able to smoke weed in public in Oregon. However, hemp—cannabis grown for fiber rather than its psychotropic qualities—enjoys a different, if still somewhat murky, legal distinction. Thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill, hemp production is federally legal. And since it contains less than 0.3% THC, it’s also legal to buy outside a licensed dispensary, and thus, consume out in the open.

“And so, that’s what you’ll be able get at Hemp Bar, which had its grand opening at 6258 SE Foster Rd. today: hemp pre-rolls, hemp blunts, CBD-infused mocktails and edibles, even dabs, all of it stocked by Southwest Oregon farm East Fork Cultivars and available for on-premises consumption.

“Of course, that raises the question: If the products have barely any THC, what’s even the point? But owner Nathan Howard insists that, depending on how much you ingest and the makeup of an individual’s endocannabinoid system, you can feel 0.3%.”

“That makes [Hemp Bar] essentially a weed cafe,” Howard told Willamette Week, “but we’re just not leading people to get too stoned.”

Other than the 0.3% THC limit, the Hemp Bar is modeled like cannabis cafes in Amsterdam and pretty much identical to many places in Switzerland, where THC is capped at 1%. Customers are free to imbibe infused drinks and light up hemp cigarettes at outdoor tables. There are non-infused mocktails available and vegan food options as well.

The great folks at East Fork Cultivars have always done things the right way, producing great products while advocating for sensible laws that uplift everyone and bring us closer to ending harmful drug laws. The Hemp Bar should show Oregonians, including legislators and policymakers, that cannabis cafes can be allowed, especially combined with cannabis cafes legal under the laws in California, Nevada, and New York. Step by step, we are making progress and I urge the cannabis community to support East Fork Cultivars and to check out the Hemp Bar when in Portland.

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