With recreational legalization already on the books in 8 states and making its way to the ballot in a number of states in 2018, cannabis advocates in some parts of the country are already looking towards the next battle. In Oregon, that means the fight for public access cannabis lounges that will allow tourists, renters, and parents to enjoy the marijuana freedoms allowed by legalization.
Legislation to allow the widespread creation of Amsterdam-style smoking lounges has failed in Colorado, but according to the Portland Tribune, legislators in Oregon are hopeful about the prospect of creating their own communal smoking laws in the Beaver State this year.
Their argument for cannabis lounges, or Senate Bill 307, is based on the language of the state’s original legalization, which currently blocks using cannabis in government housing, residences that house children, and rented properties – an issue that is also troublesome for tourists visiting the state specifically for the novelty of legal weed.
“In reality, this restriction has made the legal consumption of cannabis impossible for many Oregonians who do not own their primary residence, live with small children or…