As Los Angeles is crafting the new marijuana regulations, there is still one main issue that concerns many tourists and renters. Despite the fact that the state will permit the sale of recreational marijuana as of 2018, there will be no legal places to use it freely in the city.
The legislation will allow businesses to grow, process and sell cannabis for recreational use, but it doesn’t provision pot cafes or lounges to allow marijuana consumption on site.
This controversial chapter of the law leaves LA’s citizens with the only option to use cannabis at home. But while locals may have their own property, renters and tourists may not be allowed to smoke inside the apartments, hotels, or rental cars. Some cannabis advocates fear that this could lead to new problems between landlords and tenants who use marijuana.
The cannabis market in LA is estimated to bring more than $50 million in taxes to the city next year, but the lack of legal spaces to smoke may cause unexpected consequences. Under draft regulations, smoking pot will be banned at all public spaces where smoking cigarettes is.