Cannabis Clubs: What They Are & How to Find Them


Bethan Jenkins

February 12th, 2018

Policy


Cannabis social clubs (CSCs) are not a new concept, despite their recent rise in popularity. Also referred to as a “Teapad,” “dab bar” or “marijuana social lounge,” these social spaces welcome cannabis connoisseurs who wish to consume the green herb in a relaxed and welcoming environment. Dissimilar to coffee shops, such as the famous Original Dampkring shop in Amsterdam, Netherlands, cannabis social clubs open their doors exclusively to membership holders. Typically, cannabis will not be sold in these establishments, but visitors are invited to bring their own stash for consumption. So, why not give it a try?

History and Overview of Cannabis Social Clubs

The magic herb that is cannabis was once frowned upon in most parts of the United States, not to mention the rest of the world. However, time has proved beneficial for cannabis consumption, which could potentially displace alcohol consumption if legislation continues moving in the direction it is currently headed.

As of February 2018, 30 U.S. States and Washington D.C. have legalized cannabis in some way, be it for medical or recreational use. Way back when alcohol was deemed to be an illegal intoxicant, cannabis social clubs began gaining rapid momentum. Commonly used as an alternative to alcohol, the leafy herb proved popular among active members of the jazz music scene.

In fact, “Teapad Songs Volume 1” (the album produced by musician Gene Krupa) was actually named after CSCs. It wasn’t until 1906, when cannabis restrictions were put into place by Congress, that the clubs slowly began to disappear. According to Sensi Seeds, the first cannabis social clubs were developed by cannabis activists in Spain more than a decade ago. Now, they are present in the majority of Spanish city centers.

Today’s Cannabis Social Clubs

A concept of the European Coalition for Just and Effective Drug Policies (ENCOD), cannabis social clubs are usually non-commercial businesses that are designed to benefit society and satisfy the needs of each person who walks through the door. A CSC will not usually be advertised widely, nor will members be legally able to acquire and resell any products they purchase at the club.

Subscriptions are usually offered on a yearly basis and members provided with a card. These cards entitle the holder to consume cannabis for adult-use, as well as medical use. Back in 2016, pilot cannabis clubs were established by four cities in Switzerland. In addition to Swiss CSCs, clubs can also be found throughout Belgium, France, Austria, Germany, New Zealand, Slovenia and the United States. Canada is expected to follow in their footsteps, what with the country poised to dominate the global cannabis market by summer 2018.

Who benefits from cannabis social clubs?

Both consumers and producers can take advantage of non-profit cannabis social clubs in the respect that they can fulfill their personal needs without disrupting non-consumers. Health and safety requirements must be met for a CSC to remain in operation. When rules and regulations are abided by (whatever they may be for the particular club you seek interest in,) members can enjoy transparency, discretion and an all-round better social life. This non-commercial approach to cannabis consumption ensures that cannabis policies are put into place and that consumers need not buy their buds from the sometimes dangerous Black Market.

What are some world-renowned cannabis social clubs worth visiting?

You have procured some pot and now want to find out where you can smoke it? Well, you are in for a treat, because cannabis lounges are plentiful and they are scattered across the world map.

Below, we spotlight some of the most famous cannabis social clubs where you can roll, puff and get completely baked in a safe and soothing atmosphere:

  • The Speakeasy Vape Lounge and Cannabis Club This private cannabis social club and event center is the first of its kind in Colorado Springs.

  • Hotbox Jamaica A bud and breakfast joint owned and operated by the founders of Canada’s original Cannabis Lounge, this relaxing hideout in Runaway Bay, Jamaica guarantees the “most relaxing Jamaican ganja vacation.”

  • 4:20 Cuatro Veinte Smokers Club If you happen to be in Barcelona, Spain, venture into the smokey abyss of this club, which has been described as the “best smokers club in Barcelona.”

  • High Times OG Smoking Lounge Located in San Diego, this indoor smoking lounge invites consumers to smoke the best quality buds in an uplifting atmosphere.

  • The Rabbit Club – A friendly group of members cluster inside this lounge in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where they can kick back on the leather couches and dab, smoke, drink or play games.

  • Puff Pass and Paint Fancy a unique 420 experience? Visit this cannabis social club in Denver, Portland or Washington D.C. to create an artistic masterpiece, whilst getting high!

  • Hotbox Cafe This lounge’s slogan is “Serving potheads since AH… I forget,” and the laid-back vibe entices smokers of all ages. Located in Toronto, Canada, Hotbox is owned and operated by cannabis advocate Abi Roach. Guests can pay $5 to bring their own ganja for consumption on the outdoor patio. Vaping is allowed inside.

What tools/resources can I use to find a cannabis social club in my area?

Thanks to the rise of the Internet and cannabis laws being lifted in countries like America, Netherlands, Spain, Portugal and soon, Canada, marijuana consumers can easily seek out a cannabis social club in their area. An Internet connection and a little bit of time is all one needs to immerse themselves in the world of weed.

Weedmaps is one such tool that can be utilized to find such a club in your area. Read through millions of reviews from people who have actually visited the clubs and communicate with members of the online cannabis community to get tips on the best places to take a toke. Conversely, you may wish to use a cannabis lounge directory, such as Bud Pubs or Potguide.com.

Things to Consider Before Visiting a Cannabis Social Club

Be prepared to show a valid form of identification, such as a driving license or passport, upon entering a cannabis social club. Always read/ask about the rules prior to visiting a club, so as to make sure you do not consume cannabis when/where you are not legally able to. Expect to pay a fee for membership and remember that CSCs are private, not public. Bring your own buds and don’t be surprised if you are requested to pay a yearly membership charge. After all, if you want to be a part of an elite smoker’s community, you ought to demonstrate your commitment!

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Bethan Jenkins

About Bethan Jenkins

Bethan is a full-time wanderluster, traveler, and digital nomad with 7 years of experience in the freelance writing world. She has mastered the art of beating jet lag and using hammocks as an office for content curation.


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