Vapor Central in Toronto, Canada.
Vapor Central in Toronto, Canada.

According to a recent Gallup poll, 58% of Americans are in favor of the legalization of marijuana with only 39% opposed. This historic high signifies a widespread shift in public thinking, with citizens everywhere realizing that by adopting models similar to those of Colorado and Washington (who have already legalized marijuana) new jobs and sources of tax revenue will be generated. With marijuana legalization becoming rapidly becoming a matter of when and not if, I expect widespread legalization to occur within the next few years, bringing with it some cool new opportunities.

One of the things I’m most looking forward to when full-on legalization occurs is the rise of vapor lounges. Similar in layout to a coffee shop, a vapor lounge is a comfortable place stocked with vaporizers which can be used by patrons. Moreover, since vaporizers produce no smoke or ash, Vapor Lounges can be a safe and effective way around bylaws banning smoking indoors, giving consumers a safe and social way to enjoy cannabis. From what I’ve heard from friends who have visited them, vapor lounges are a great place to gather with friends to socialize while taking a few tokes.

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The Arizer Air next to a Nexus 5 phone

Although I’ve never been, there exists a vapor lounge in Toronto, Canada which I would love to check out someday. Known as Vapor Central, the lounge resembles a coffee shop in design, but has a modern layout and plenty of vaporizers for patrons to use. Although cannabis is not yet legal in Canada, the lounge is tolerated and patrons must bring their own cannabis with them, paying a yearly membership fee in order to gain access to the lounge. I imagine when cannabis legalization becomes widespread, vapor lounges may also be able to sell cannabis from behind the counter, as well as pre-loaded vaporizer bowls.

With legalization on the way, only time will tell if vapor lounges will become popular. However, with many jurisdictions imposing bans on indoor smoking, I imagine that vapor lounges will be an easy way to bypass this rule!

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