After the COVID-19 pandemic shut them down temporarily, Ketchikan retailer Cannabis Corner is again offering onsite cannabis consumption for customers. The small indoor area for cannabis consumption appeals to tourists and locals alike, Ketchikan Daily News reports.
Some people like to smoke where they know it’s allowed, and others just like the social aspect of a cannabis lounge where they can smoke with others. Located a few miles outside Ketchikan, the cannabis lounge is tied to the retail store. It offers users sofas, a fireplace, music and TV, adult coloring books, and a free arcade game.
Cannabis Lounges in Alaska
Retailers offering cannabis consumption onsite in Alaska must pay about $3,000 for a license and provide adequate ventilation systems. Customers are subject to daily limits, but for most it’s just a friendly, social way to relax, not a way to get totally high.
Cannabis Corner requires customers to either order a taxi/rideshare or have a designated driver. It’s not the only option in Alaska, though. In Fairbanks, cannabis fans can smoke and chill together at Good Titrations, and two other onsite consumption stores in the state have received approval and are waiting to open. Juneau’s Rainforest Farms, a retail cannabis store, plans to reopen in November as a cannabis edibles café.
Legal Cannabis, Not Fines, For Tourists
This is all especially great news for tourists to Alaska, who can legally buy cannabis but can’t consume it publically without being subject to a $100 fine. Ahead of tourist season, when Alaska receives thousands of passengers from cruise ships, cannabis retailers are getting ready to offer more choice.