SoCal’s First Cannabis Lounge is About to Open in Palm Springs

As CalMarijuanaPolicy reported earlier this year, a number of California cities are beginning to embrace the concept of the marijuana lounge for on-site cannabis consumption. The idea was quick to catch on in the Bay Area. Now, Southern California is poised to join the fold.

The Southland's very first cannabis lounge could soon be opening in Palm Springs if everything goes according to plan. The city has issued a permit to Coachella Valley Green Dragon to open a lounge at a building on Palm Canyon Drive.

It would be an exciting milestone for marijuana enthusiasts. But nearby businesses say the plan literally stinks.

“We can’t subject our clients and patients to that kind of indoor pollution,” said the owner of Revive Wellness Center and Revive Salon & Spa, which occupies a space in the same building. If Green Dragon opens its lounge, Revive says it will be forced to move.

Green Dragon still has a few hurdles to overcome. Its lounge and dispensary would not have a 500-foot buffer between them per city code, so they would need to get a waiver from the city council. They would also need approval for a few minor modifications.

Palm Springs approved cannabis lounges back in December. Since then, city officials say they have received six applications from prospective lounge operators. Nearby Cathedral City approved on-site consumption parlors in February, but has yet to open up its application process. Lounge applicants are also vying for 16 open spots in West Hollywood.

Read more about Green Dragon’s plans here