San Diego, California Economic Development Committee

San Diego Considering Social-Use Lounges

The San Diego, California Economic Development Committee has heard proposals on cannabis consumption lounges and is now considering whether to allow them in the city, NBC San Diego reports.

Currently, such lounges operate in the state’s Bay Area, Eureka, West Hollywood, and Palm Springs.

Councilmember Chris Ward asked the city’s independent budget analyst to conduct a study of the lounges. Dallin Young, a board member for the Association for Cannabis Professionals, said lounges were “ultimately going to take people away from the illicit market and bring revenue back to the city.”

The meeting was for informational purposes only and no vote was taken; some who attended the meeting voiced concerns over cannabis-impaired driving.

Only Alaska has broadly legalized cannabis consumption at public lounges. The first lounges in Alaska are expected to open this summer. Meanwhile, regulators in Denver, Colorado established permanent social-use regulations last month.

California has seen more than $2.75 billion in cannabis sales since voters legalized the plant in 2016.