The city of San Francisco is leading the way for social cannabis use with marijuana lounges that are very reminiscent of the world famous cafes found in Amsterdam! While legalization efforts have made it easier to find and purchase marijuana, there is a distinct lack of places where enthusiasts can go and use it legally aside from their homes. Currently, only the state of California permits consuming marijuana within the premises of dispensaries that have approved with specially constructed smoking areas. It’s been said that more permits are going to be issued in the near future after the city completes performing its due diligence on the applicants.

California may be the only state to offer social smoking locales for some time. Lawmakers in other states where cannabis is legal like Massachusetts, Nevada and Oregon have either still working on legislation or outright rejected it.

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SAN FRANCISCO — The smoke was thick and business brisk at the Barbary Coast Dispensary’s marijuana smoking lounge, a darkened room that resembles a steakhouse or upscale sports tavern with its red leather seats, deep booths with high dividers, and hardwood floors.

“There’s nothing like this in Jersey,” said grinning Atlantic City resident Rick Thompson, getting high with his cousins in San Francisco.

In fact, there’s nothing like the Barbary Coast lounge almost anywhere in the United States, a conundrum confronting many marijuana enthusiasts who find it increasingly easy to buy pot but harder to find legal places to smoke it.

San Francisco's Marijuana Lounges!
In this March 1, 2018 photo, visitors sit in booths in the marijuana smoking room at Barbary Coast Dispensary in San Francisco. San Francisco plans to issue more permits for marijuana smoking lounges this year after health officials finalize updated regulations. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Only California permits marijuana smoking at marijuana retailers with specially designed lounges. But it also allows cities to ban those kids of shops.

Unsurprisingly, San Francisco is the trailblazer. It’s the only city in the state to fully embrace Amsterdam-like coffee shops, the iconic tourist stops in the Netherlands where people can buy and smoke marijuana in the same shop.


San Francisco embraces Amsterdam-style marijuana lounges