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Can The Standard Hotel Really Open a Cannabis Shop in Its Lobby?

November 17, 2017
Less than 24 hours after California’s Board of Cannabis Control released the state’s cannabis regulations, The Standard Hotel has announced the coming of the world’s first hotel lobby cannabis shop.

“The Standard and Lord Jones, makers of the world’s finest cannabis and CBD infused products, today announce a multifaceted brand partnership, which includes the opening of the nation’s first cannabis retail location inside of a hotel,” said a media release that came across the Leafly news desk this morning. “Lord Jones plans to launch its retail flagship within The Standard, Hollywood, in early 2018*.”

That asterisk there? It’s important. It reminds fine-print readers that the hotel lobby boutique is “subject to approval from regulatory authorities in California.” In other words, Lord Jones will have to obtain a California cannabis license before opening the doors. And that won’t be an easy task for anyone.


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After consulting the hundreds of pages of regulations issued yesterday, our news team could find no specific reg that prohibits a hotel from opening a cannabis boutique within its lobby. The Standard Hollywood, located on LA’s Sunset Strip, is about a half-mile from the nearest school, which is more than legally adequate, although we don’t know if there’s a daycare nearby that might disqualify the location. And of course, the site would still need to obtain authorization from the city.

It’s not a bad idea, though. With its aggressively hip design and Sunset Strip location, The Standard seems a perfect location for the world’s first hotel cannabis shop. Pick up a little something in the lobby, head up to the hotel’s famous blue astroturf pool deck, and enjoy California’s finest product with some friends in the toasty sunshine. Or use the pool deck to host one of Lord Jones’s sound bath events.

Let us know when you get the license, The Standard. We’ll be there for the grand opening.

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Leafly Senior Editor Bruce Barcott oversees news, investigations, and feature projects. He is a Guggenheim Fellow and author of Weed the People: The Future of Legal Marijuana in America.

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  • Morgan Higby Night

    You don’t have to go further than to realize that their claim to be first is an “alternative fact.”

    Lord Jones either A)Knows that Hicskville Pines in Idyllwild was the first hotel to announce their plans to open a dispensary on August 25th via instagram and chose to ignore it or B)Didn’t do any research before their grand proclamation.

    The pace at which each hotel’s local government moves will decide who is the first American hotel dispensary.