WORCESTER, Mass. – The Summit Lounge in Worcester is sleek, casual and comfortable – it’s also the state’s first private pot smoking club, and it just opened this month.
“There’s more places you can’t smoke than you can smoke and that was a big need we saw in the community,” general manager Kyle Moon said.
The lounge is a converted tattoo parlor that gives members place to indulge for a $50 monthly fee.
“I think it’s one of those expanding industries and we’ll just have to see how it goes,” Moon said.
Moon wouldn’t disclose the number of members, but said there were pre-memberships sold. Since opening on Friday, the number of members has tripled.
Like any bar, he said patrons come to relax and smoke with friends but there are protocols in place for the potential of overindulgence.
“If we think one of our members has had too much cannabis. We are obviously going to order them an Uber,” he said.
Moon’s business partner got the idea in Colorado, where pot clubs are popular for the same reasons he hopes this will be – public consumption is illegal.
“He had nowhere to consume it so he ended up buying a private membership and he was able to join and consume his medicine,” Moon said.
Summit Lounge is open just a few months before recreational sales are expected to become legal in July, however in January the U.S. Justice Department made moves that could threaten the pot industry.
“I remain hopeful. I see it as the monetary value and the medicinal value are too great to stop,” Moon said.
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