Last week, the city of Detroit took a significant stride towards becoming a city with lounges for legal weed consumption. In a groundbreaking move, the city awarded 37 cannabis business licenses, including its first licenses for consumption lounges. This development marks the second round of licenses, with the first round being awarded last winter, which included retail businesses but no lounges.
Why are consumption lounges important?
Consumption establishments are a unique type of cannabis business that are much rarer than retail shops in Michigan. One of the reasons for their scarcity is the difficulty in making them profitable. These lounges provide a space for cannabis consumers to hang out and smoke onsite. However, it's important to note that patrons cannot buy alcohol or cannabis onsite. Instead, they must purchase their products from a nearby retailer or opt for delivery.
What does this mean for Detroit?
The awarding of licenses for consumption lounges is a significant step forward for Detroit. It signifies the city's recognition of the demand for spaces where cannabis enthusiasts can gather and enjoy their products in a social setting. With the inclusion of consumption lounges, Detroit is embracing the evolving cannabis culture and catering to the needs of its residents and visitors.
What is the current state of play?
While the recent licensing of consumption lounges is a positive development, it's important to acknowledge that Detroit still has a long way to go before it becomes a city with a thriving cannabis lounge scene. The number of lounges awarded licenses is relatively small compared to the number of retail businesses. However, this step forward sets a precedent and opens the door for future growth and expansion in the industry.
As the cannabis industry continues to evolve, it is crucial for cities like Detroit to adapt and create spaces that cater to the needs and desires of cannabis consumers. The licensing of consumption lounges demonstrates Detroit's commitment to embracing this emerging industry and providing a safe and enjoyable environment for cannabis enthusiasts.
While there is still progress to be made, the recent awarding of licenses for consumption lounges in Detroit is a significant milestone. It paves the way for a future where cannabis enthusiasts can gather, socialize, and enjoy their products in a welcoming and regulated environment. As the road to Detroit's cannabis lounges continues, we can expect to see further advancements and opportunities for both businesses and consumers in the city.