“We don’t have any specific policies that we’re looking at. This is a true listening exercise,” said Ontario Attorney General Doug Downey in a phone interview with BNN Bloomberg. “We want to hear what Ontarians have to say on lounges, cafes, that kind of thing. It’s not really predetermined that we’ll make any decisions at all but we want to hear from the public.”
“We’re at a stage where I want to stay ahead of the curve and we want to make sure that we have the right information as new [industries] start to arise,” he added.
Despite their legalization in certain markets around the world, it is still relatively early days for cannabis consumption lounges. Holland has established laws to freely allows cannabis users to consume in the country’s “coffeeshops”; other locations in the U.S. and Canada are only starting to explore allowing pot to be legally consumed in those venues, either through an infused food or drink option, or by inhaling it.
Given the current legislation in Canada that legalized cannabis in Oct. 2018, some businesses have dipped their toes into onsite cannabis consumption usage through private parties and dinners. Cannabis lounges are already permitted in Nunavut, but only non-smoked legal pot will be allowed to be consumed in communities that allow them to operate, according to the territory’s marijuana legislation.