Matt Haney, a Democratic assemblyman from San Francisco, filed legislation earlier this month that would help promote so-called “cannabis cafes” in
“It’s not unlike a neighborhood bar or cafe where people gather and get a lot of social value [out] of that,”
“If an authorized cannabis retail store wants to sell someone cannabis, a cup of tea and a sandwich, we should allow cities to make that possible and stop holding back our economy and a service that people want. Those things are all illegal under state law now,”
In other words, per the Los Angeles Times, the measure would allow for food and nonalcoholic beverages to be sold at cannabis lounges and retailers, while alcohol would not be allowed at such cannabis cafes. It would also allow for live performances at the establishments.
Haney said his proposal could be a shot in the arm for California’s beleaguered legal marijuana industry.
California Consumption Lounges to Save the Industry?
California’s legal marijuana crop lost nearly 40% of its value in 2021,
“If we want this legal industry to survive in California, we have to change these laws. They’re losing to the illegal cannabis industry, and one thing that the legal cannabis small business can offer is an experience,”
Some existing cannabis consumption lounges in the state have found workarounds to serve customers food and drink.
“For decades, West Hollywood officials leaned towards cannabis-friendly policies and will likely welcome the loosened restrictions. Palm Springs also holds a similar stance with 10 consumption lounges that vastly outnumber West Hollywood’s,” according to
As Haney put it, “there is absolutely no good reason from an economic, health, safety or fairness standpoint that the state should make those things illegal.”
“Many people want to consume cannabis legally while socializing with others, and many want to do it while drinking coffee, eating a muffin or listening to music,” the lawmaker told
Haney also expressed hope that, should the bill make it to Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom’s desk, it would be signed.
“I hope that the governor, as a small-business owner himself in the past who has been involved in the hospitality industry, can now see this as an opportunity,” Haney told