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Draft rules for cannabis consumption lounges in NJ

Updated: Jan 30

RAVEN SANTANA, CORRESPONDENT | JANUARY 23, 2023 | BUSINESS, SOCIAL

Currently, consumers are not allowed to use cannabis in public


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Recreational cannabis is legal in New Jersey. Now, partaking of it in what are known as “consumption lounges” will be too. You can think of them like bars. But instead of alcohol, people will be able to socialize while using legal weed. The state just published a list of draft rules before the lounges can open. They’re strict and, some say, controversial.


The rules include allowing for indoor or outdoor consumption areas, no food sales, no alcohol and some licensing fees. “If you are going to have an indoor consumption area, the rules proposed now are requiring that any air filtration systems be in line with those that are required by law by cigar lounges,” said Mollie Hartman Lustig, partner and chair at McLaughlin & Stern’s Cannabis Practice Group. She says the venture isn’t just costly, it also comes with liability.

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