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



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






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.