Marijuana Social Clubs Are The Last Major Step For Legalization

By Richard Cowan, The Fresh Toast on

Published in Cannabis Daily

No one has considered copying the Dutch model where people can buy small quantities of cannabis and smoke it on site or take it home.   Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article solely belong to the author and do not necessarily represent those of The Fresh Toast.  There are three major steps in the legalization of marijuana: Stop arresting people for possession of marijuana, even if they are not white; Take marijuana sales out of the black market with hard drugs; The establishment of venues where marijuana can be consumed in the presence of other actual human beings to see if the Universe will implode.<span data-ccp-props="{"335559685":940}" > 

On 420, the Mayor of Denver signed an ordinance that would legalize places where customers could bring their own weed to smoke, as well as clubs that could sell small amounts of weed to be smoked there. But no one seems certain about when it will go into effect. Well, as the saying goes, if the people will lead, the leaders will follow. There are already a number of “smoke-easies” where patrons can BYO their weed in Denver. 

Similarly, Nevada’s legislature seems likely to authorize “consumption lounges”. New York’s new marijuana law leaves that issue to the local authorities, so New York City can and will almost certainly allow it. In any case, it seems  likely that both cities will have venues where patrons can legally consume their legal cannabis. 

SEE: Federal-Level CBD Advertising Laws 

Of course, the Dutch did all that in the 1970s, but apparently they live on another planet, because no one in any other country on Earth has even considered copying their model where people can buy small quantities of cannabis and smoke it there or take it home.  

But wait until they hear about Barcelona! 


Barcelona has taken maximum advantage of a loophole in Spanish law. There are a large number of “Cannabis Social Clubs” that really are “Clubs”, but they are very friendly for strangers. Some of them are really lavish. It remains to be seen how many will survive the pandemic, which has devastated Spanish tourism. 

SEE: Guide cannabis clubs in Barcelona AND: How To Join A Cannabis Club In Barcelona In 2020 – A Complete Guide 

For me, the key point is the word “social”. In the bad old days, I used to joke that there was a lot more smoke than sex in closets. But now I say, no more lies and no more closets. Marijuana has always been a “social drug” like alcohol, but without the violence. (The Dutch  police are almost never called to “coffeeshops.”) It is hard to imagine anything more “social” than sharing a joint or bong, but the pandemic will require improved “social hygiene.” 

When Jefferson wrote the Bill of Rights he included Freedom of Assembly in the First Amendment. (Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.) 


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