Article by Pam Douglas, Brampton Guardian
A comedy club catering to pot smokers has opened in Brampton, and tonight will feature arguably its most famous headliner to date – Precious Chong, daughter of Cheech and Chong’s Tommy Chong.
The 420 Comedy Club went full-time inside the Green Leaf Vapour Lounge at 85 Rosedale Ave. W. May 4. It’s located in a mixed-use industrial/residential area near the city’s downtown core.
Its owner says it’s one of only two such comedy clubs in the GTA – The Underground Comedy Club in Toronto is the other.
Recreational marijuana is still illegal, but vapour lounges that don’t sell the drug and only offer users a place to gather and toke in a social setting, are not. They also exist in other cities.
Green Leaf has been operating from 1 p.m. to 1 a.m. since last August, catering to both recreational pot smokers and those using the drug for medicinal needs.
The 420 Comedy Club operates inside the lounge four nights a week, Wednesday through Saturday, with various theme nights including an open mic night on Wednesday.
Comedy club owner Neil Griffin said a “loophole” in the smoking bylaw permits smoking in the lounge because it operates as a private club. A $5 “membership fee” is charged at the door on each visit. Entry for the shows varies from an additional $3 or more, depending on the night.