6. People love them
“[A cannabis lounge is] a chill society,” said Taylor,* who visited the Leafly Tree Lounge several times over the course of the weekend. “You can come back and unwind and just relax, get your med on, you don’t have to worry about anything – [it’s] carefree, you know?”
Jeremy,* who visited the Tree Lounge with two friends, agreed. “The whole 215 tent in general has been a great experience,” he said. “More music festivals should have a space like this – it brings super-positive vibe and a lot of unity.” Carson,* a lighting designer from Los Angeles, added that he one day hoped to see cannabis lounges at more places than beer gardens.
7. Their evolution is inevitable
Proposition 215 legalized medical marijuana in California twenty years ago. Today, medical marijuana is legal in over half the United States. The natural next step is for states to accommodate patients’ needs with spaces for legal consumption.
“Everybody’s [been] doing it behind the curtains and kind of hiding because of the laws,” said one attendee, Joe,* of cannabis consumption at festivals. “A lot of it is backstage, you know? You can’t fully be out there.” But as cannabis ubiquity and acceptance have evolved, phenomena like cannabis lounges will continue to help sew cannabis ever more tightly into the fabric of American life, and vice versa. In short, if you’d expect to see beer gardens a certain event, expect to see cannabis lounges cropping up alongside them more and more over the next few years.
*Full names withheld to protect patient privacy.
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