Some might think of a cannabis lounge as being similar to a bar. But lounges can’t legally sell cannabis, and in Arizona, the only people who can smoke there are patients.
The idea of medical cannabis social clubs isn’t new in Arizona. They predate dispensaries due to the lag between the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act in 2010 and first official opening of state-licensed retail shops in late 2012.
In lieu of state-licensed cannabis retailers, some entrepreneurs took it upon themselves to provide private spaces where patients could come and share cannabis within the boundaries of the law. Now, these private spaces — for the state’s nearly 200,000 registered patients — can be fully legal under state law, depending on how they’re run.
Todd Romboli, president and CEO of cannabis lounge DommLife at 3121 East Thomas Road, uses the model of a “mini-mall,” where…