As more and more recreational marijuana shops open across Massachusetts, state regulators turned their focus Thursday toward the next frontier of the industry’s rollout:
Social consumption establishments.
Otherwise known as cannabis cafes or marijuana lounges, social consumption establishments are for weed what bars are for alcohol: a business where people are allowed to buy and consume the drug on site, whether that be by inhalation or ingestion.
Even though the 2016 ballot measure legalizing adult-use marijuana in Massachusetts gave the Cannabis Commission Control the authority to license social consumption establishments, the agency decided to put off implementation amid Gov. Charlie Baker’s concerns that the agency had their hands full getting recreational dispensaries up and running.
However, since smoking or consuming marijuana in public remains illegal, that decision has left residents who aren’t allowed to use the drug at