Edmonton Proposes Cannabis Lounges for Legalization Day

Although Canada has an unbridled love of all things cannabis, vapour lounges and other types of marijuana consumption sites have always been illegal. This is due mainly to the fact that consumption of non-medical cannabis is, for the moment, still against the law.

Despite this challenge, the City of Edmonton is proposing a bylaw change that will effectively clear a path for cannabis clubs to be a part of the legalization mix.

Abi Roach is one of the most successful cannabis club owners in Canada. She runs the legendary Hot Box Cafe in Toronto, Spliff Magazine, as well as a cannabis bed and breakfast in Jamaica.

Any changes to cannabis consumption laws in Canada affect Abi’s business. She spoke with Marijuana.com today about the potential good news in Edmonton.

“I’m really excited that Edmonton is seriously considering [the change in bylaw],” said Abi. “The City of Toronto did a research paper in 2012, which recommended that lounges be an integral part of [the landscape].”

Abi went on to add that lounges are necessary if city officials don’t want citizens consuming weed in public places, which is why her business is allowed to exist in the eyes of the Toronto authorities.

“In terms of public safety, it makes more sense [to have lounges].  When people come [to the Hot Box], they are provided with a safe space and healthier choice education. We educate them about the use of vaporizers and how much to consume. If they overconsume we make sure that they have bananas and orange juice so their blood sugar is up.”

In the case of Edmonton, administration officials created a report for the city council, stating that the zoning bylaw change is a proactive step in getting ready for legalization next year. The report will be reviewed in a public hearing this week.

Photo courtesy of Allie Beckett

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