NECANN horozontal white
Maine Lawmakers Consider Proposal for On-Site Cannabis Consumption in Social Clubs

Maine Lawmakers Consider Proposal for On-Site Cannabis Consumption in Social Clubs

Maine lawmakers are deliberating a proposal that could pave the way for the establishment of cannabis social clubs and on-site consumption. Sponsored by state Rep. David Boyer (R-Poland), the bill aims to create a cannabis-based hospitality industry in Maine, offering tourists and adults a legal space for consumption.

If approved, the proposed legislation, known as LD 1952, would introduce a “cannabis hospitality establishment license” that businesses must obtain before permitting on-site consumption. The bill recently came before the Legislature’s Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, where Boyer emphasized the need for a controlled and regulated environment, drawing parallels to brew pubs.

“It would provide a controlled and regulated environment for adults similar to a brew pub that allows you to try different beers and then take some home. This would help ensure public safety and reduce the likelihood of public cannabis consumption in inappropriate places,” stated Boyer during the committee session.

However, the proposal faces opposition from John Hudak, the Director of the Maine Office of Cannabis Policy. Hudak’s concerns range from potential poor air quality in cannabis clubs to an increased risk of impaired driving. He expressed skepticism, stating, “This bill simply does not address the serious public health and safety issues raised by permitting the public consumption of a substance that impairs critical thinking, memory, judgment, balance, and coordination.”

If the bill is passed, Maine would join the ranks of 14 other states, including nearby Massachusetts, New York, and Maryland, that allow on-site cannabis consumption. The proposal reflects the ongoing debate surrounding the balance between providing legal spaces for consumption and addressing concerns related to public health and safety.

Subscribe to NECANN today for the latest cannabis news.