Article by Aidan Wallace, Toronto Sun
Cannabis cafes have been a bit of a disappointment in one of the cities which spearheaded the movement to legalize weed.
“We’re very happy to have them, they just aren’t profitable,” said Rita Tsalyuk, owner of The CoffeeJointCo, a cannabis cafe in Denver, Colo.
The cafes in that city currently operate on a bring-your-own weed model — they are not permitted to sell any cannabis products.
There is no smoking allowed but users can, “dab, use vape pens, and consume edibles.”
The experience in Colorado should raise concerns in Ontario where provincial officials are now conducting an online consultation designed to come up with rules for cannabis cafes and lounges.
Colorado implemented legislation allowing hospitality spaces where cannabis users can consume edibles and other non-smoking products, but the cafes have been a disappointment because of how they’re regulated, said Tsalyuk.