Cannabis cafes coming soon to Massachusetts
Legalization is one thing -- in many states (and more soon), it's going to be totally legal to buy a marijuana product and take it to your home to consume it privately. But for a lot of people who are traveling or touring around, that's not always a possibility -- many hotel rooms won't allow marijuana, and it can be tough to find a place to consume what they're able to purchase while on vacation.
Enter the marijuana cafe. A state agency in Massachusetts has unanimously approved a policy for cannabis cafes to open in that state, not only allowing on premise use, but also showing off how cannabis can be used safely and responsibly. Marijuana servers ("budtenders" if you're into clumsy portmanteaus) need to be trained, both for sharing product knowledge and for identifying people who have already had too much (something alcohol bartenders already do), but as long as a business goes through the licensing process and follows regulations (they can't also serve alcohol, for example), the cafes should be open for business.
In addition to cafes meant for consumption, other business can come in under the license as well, like a spa that sells cannabis-infused lotions or ointments. It all sounds great, and if nothing else, it will give tourists in Massachusetts some places to go to enjoy their purchases. We'll look forward to finding some sweet destinations up there to visit.