Business proposals for legal cannabis clubs have already been drawing up here in Massachusetts. With cannabis legalization in full swing and dispensaries soon to be opening, the need for public consumption becomes critical. Massachusetts citizens are able to consume cannabis legally, yet you cannot consume in public. The city of Worcester figured out the so-called ‘water water everywhere and not a drop to drink’ scenario by opening up the first ever cannabis social club called The Summit Lounge.
The Summit Lounge, located on 116 Water Street, is a non-profit private social club where members can openly consume cannabis. Members can consume their cannabis by using their collection of papers, pipes, bongs, lighters, and other accessories; they provide the accessories, but they run on a BYOC (Bring Your Own Cannabis) policy. You can also consume cigarettes, cigars, and even hookah on the premise as well. It’s a unique social club providing a 4/20-friendly atmosphere. Anyone who is looking to be a member of The Summit Lounge can join for just $50 a month.
Other than cannabis accessories, The Summit Lounge offers a wide range of activities. You can curl up with a joint and a good book or play some Xbox One with your friends. If video games aren’t your thing, there’s also a stack of board games to choose from. This is the kind of 4/20-themed entertainment where you get to consume cannabis, play some games, and possibly make a friend or two afterwards.
I wanted to learn more about how this exciting new service came to be. Earlier I spoke with Kyle Moon, the general Manager for The Summit Lounge.
Kyle informed me that he got the idea from his brother Jake. Jake Moon was a medical patient in MA who went to Colorado to check out the cannabis scene. He noticed that there was no safe place for any legal social consumption, so he pitched the idea to operate a legal social club back in Massachusetts. They worked with a lawyer to figure out the legality issues of running a cannabis social club.
As far as audience demographics, Kyle mentioned that the average age group that enter the club is 25-40. It is mostly middle-aged men and women (30-40) who are married and have kids. They are concerned about smelling like cannabis in front of their children, so they head over to The Summit Lounge to consume with other like-minded adults. The concept was only limited to medicinal patients at first, but later it opened up for everyone.
Some events that they hold (or plan to hold in the near future) include paint night, glass blowing, social networking, and even classes like teaching members how to roll a blunt. There are even members that pop by to consume cannabis while getting some work done. This was set as a social environment where people could come together and consume cannabis.
Surprisingly enough, Kyle’s business doesn’t really have any big competition around Worcester. The Summit Lounge is still so new that people don’t know what it is yet. Even with cannabis legalization set in full swing, the cannabis industry still proves to be an evolving landscape.
Even still, Kyle definitely sees more cannabis lounges happening in the future. With all of the advocacy for legal social consumption, the need for places like The Summit Lounge are more important than ever. He mentioned that Boston would be a perfect location for a cannabis club because of the wide demographic of young professionals in the city. This type of establishment would work for any big city as well.
For those looking to open up their own cannabis social clubs, Kyle Moon’s one advice would be to always follow up. It is important to stay connected with everyone in this evolving landscape. You will be hit with plenty of pitfalls and you have to find a way to work through everything.
And with that, The Summit Lounge proves to be a worthy social cannabis club that works for the thriving city of Worcester. Special thanks to Kyle Moon for taking the time to discuss the first ever social cannabis lounge in the state of Massachusetts! Here’s to hoping more social cannabis clubs open up in the near future.
Be sure to check out The Summit Lounge at 116 Water Street Worcester, MA. Happy smoking!