The Cannabis Hospitality Industry has emerged as a result of the Cannabis Tourism Industry. With Colorado creating a legal path to become a Hospitality Business, this is going to be exciting to see what offerings we will have access to.
The Cannabis Hospitality Industry is also Colorado’s way to promote social equity which is one reason I am so excited about the passing of this legislation.
Recently, the Cannabis Industry has been criticized for a lack of diversity and inclusivity within executive leadership. Basically the public was upset because the majority of CEO’s are white males who had vast resources to open these companies. This is especially concerning as Black and Brown People have been at the forefront of legislation and have also been incarcerated and targeted due to the failed War on Drugs, which should be known as the War on Minorities and Poverty.
Colorado wanted to create an easier way to allow individuals to enter the cannabis industry, and the hospitality licensing is just one way they are trying to address social equity. While this is a good start to equity, it is just the beginning to providing reparations to those affected by the war on drugs.
Secondly, this industry is gonna be innovating greatly because of the vast services that can be offered. Colorado has had four or five cannabis lounges that were working around the system by offering private lounges. One thing I loved about the lounges is that some were created to be a club-like experience providing high end dab rigs and vaporizers; while others were created to be more friendly and like a home experience to provide a legal place to smoke. After visiting two lounges, I ended up preferring the casual everyday lounge because the patrons were all very friendly and I made some new friends that day.
Lounges are not the only business popping up, rather there are so many that it is difficult to remember all the offerings. 420 Hotels are becoming more mainstream, and the license allows hotels to create specific smoking friendly rooms if desired. Cannabis DabTenders are another aspect of hospitality because they provide a service of electric dab rigs, DabTenders who clean the glass after every use, and a variety of concentrates to try.
From Cannabis Caterers to Cannabis Weddings, there are more ways than ever to enter this industry. These businesses also allow you to transfer past experiences into a new industry. If you visit a Cannabis Friendly art or yoga class then you have helped the Cannabis Hospitality as hospitality is providing a service and experience.
The most exciting part of this industry is that we have no idea how large it will grow, nor do we know what to expect two years from now. Overall, I am excited to see more minority business owners and the vast array of cannabis-friendly businesses!
Have you gone to a cannabis lounge? What was your experience with that? What businesses do you think might become a major offering?
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