“We constantly need to come up with fresh ideas to stay innovative against some of the very large providers we compete against,” said Patrick Flynn, the chief executive of 420 Suites. “This is a way for us to get into a niche marketplace and also help people that are looking for the medical benefits that come from cannabis — disassociate the stigma a bit and make the process less intimidating.”
There are, of course, a few catches.
For one, recreational marijuana sales haven’t started just yet; for the moment, only registered patients can shop at Revolutionary Clinics, and getting a doctor’s recommendation and state card can take a couple weeks.
Second, other than a handful of apartments in East Boston, most of the units available from 420 Suites don’t actually allow smoking. And because smoking pot in public is not allowed (punishable by a $100 civil fine), most canna-tourists will be limited to edible and other nonsmoking THC-infused products.
The state Cannabis Control Commission earlier this year decided to defer licensure of so-called social consumption businesses — such as cannabis cafes — where consumers could use marijuana together. That has led to complaints that renters, public housing tenants, and tourists have nowhere to legally use a legal product.
Flynn readily acknowledges those limitations and says 420 Suites is mostly positioning itself to dominate the coming recreational market, the advent of which should make it far easier to connect visitors with pot.