What will cannabis consumption lounges look like in Michigan?

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Last month, Detroit OK'd a recreational marijuana ordinance that allows for consumption lounges, and it's likely we'll see them crop up across Michigan in the next year.

But what would a cannabis consumption lounge actually look like?

"The big feedback we heard on the designated consumption establishment is, how do you make it profitable?" Michigan's Marijuana Regulatory Agency Director Andrew Brisbo said during an interview on the Four20Post podcast Dec. 9 reported by The Social Revolution.

An obvious model would be to pair a consumption lounge with a marijuana dispensary so people could try the products.

"I've seen some interesting ideas," Brisbo said. "Obviously, pairing with retail establishments and putting them in close proximity."

As every stoner knows, food and weed go well together, and that's apparently on the table, too.

"Our rules now, that were promulgated in June, actually do allow for food service in designated consumption establishments presuming the operation has the appropriate licenses," Brisbo said. But it's up to local municipalities to allow it.

Lastly, a consumption lounge could be part of a cannabis event — something Michigan also allows for.

Consumption lounge owners could "partner with a temporary events license holder to hold consistent events at that facility, which would allow for sales then by licensed retailers or microbusinesses at that facility," he said.

You can listen to the podcast here.

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Lee DeVito

Leyland "Lee" DeVito grew up in the suburbs of Detroit, where he read Metro Times religiously due to teenaged-induced boredom. He became a contributing writer for Metro Times in 2009, and Editor in Chief in 2016. In addition to writing, he also supplies occasional illustrations. His writing has been published...
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