Coupled with legalisation of marijuana in San Diego, city officials are considering whether or not to allow the opening of cannabis cafes in the neighbourhood. Various cities already have Cannabis lounges which allows patrons to enjoy cannabis in a restaurant like environment. They can thus easily select the pot of their choice from the provided menu and enjoy it with friends while chatting and having a jolly good time.
Various proposals regarding the opening of pot lounges were presented to the San Diego Economic Development Committee last week. The meeting held was solely for information purpose and no vote was considered out of the same. Council member Chris Ward enquired the independent budget analyst of the city to examine the case of consumption lounges and come up with answers for being provided to the committee.
Cannabis Lounges In Full Swing
Dallin Young, a board member with the Association for Cannabis Professionals pointed out that, “When we have a cool place like this where people can gather and participate in the legal market, that’s ultimately going to take people away from the illicit market and bring revenue back to the city.”
Various cannabis lounges have already sprung up in Eureka, Bay Area, Palm Springs and West Hollywood most of which pull down their shutters by 10 p.m. Sky is the limit when it comes to coming out with innovative marijuana infused products as business houses are offering versatile solutions in the form of cannabis coffee and marijuana-infused craft beer.
Opening Up Newer Opportunities.
California law allows consumption of recreational cannabis only at an owned home. In many cases, home owners are not very welcoming to the idea of their tenants or fellow neighbours smoking pot in the locality. This is why Young feels that there is not adequate opportunity for people to enjoy these products. Pot cafes on the other hand can provide people with a safe space for the recreational usage of cannabis.
Cause Of Concern
Scott Chipman of San Diegans for Safe Neighborhoods feels that, “There’s a big concern with drug-impaired driving. The economic benefit would be far outweighed by the cost.” He cited the example of the Colorado state by saying that, “They’re spending way more on pot enforcement, impaired driving, medical bills and other things than the economic revenue and taxes coming in.”
A study conducted by the National Transportation Safety Board had also revealed that in stark contrast to its nearby states which have not yet shown a green signal to legalized recreational cannabis, the rate of crashes in Colorado, Oregon was about 6%. Forbes has listed cannabis sales in California to cross over $2.75 billion since the legalization of recreational marijuana.