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WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) The overall manager grabbing headlines for opening the citys social club where members can smoke anything thats legal in Massachusetts hasnt ruled out opening new chapters in places Fitchburg or Leominster.
Every possible option is at the table, said Kyle Moon, 27, of Northbridge. Its a high population area, and its up and coming, similar to most of our state.
Maybe even Lowell?
Its been a whirlwind week following the Feb. 9 opening of members-only, The Summit Lounge. On Friday morning, Moon pulled to as much as his Water Street establishment amid a row of delis, bars and a hookah lounge.
The business administration student tries a pair different keys before finding person who unlocks front door to the club for an additional reporter assigned to look the gap an aggravated city manager last week said exploited a loophole with the intention to open.
Inside the living room welcome to members who pay the $50 monthly membership fee large crystal ashtrays sit on shellacked butcher-block tables. Airy blue paintings hang on mahogany walls, and multiple plant is perched near a window.
Standing across from a pitcher case full of glass pipes, bowls, candy and chips, Moon said he strives to be transparent, with members of the media, and with the city, which finds itself host to the self-described inaugural club explicitly catering to cannabis connoisseurs within the state.
We say that were the primary one in Massachusetts, but I DO KNOW of alternative underground ones but its like Im undecided in their legal status and so they havent pop out yet so Im not gonna, you realize what I mean? he said.
The Summit Clubs board is created from Moon, his siblings and his parents. It was conceived after his brother, a medical marijuana patient, glimpsed a more mature canna-business scene at a trade extravaganza in Colorado.
Upon returning to Massachusetts Moon and his ilk sat at a restaurant and tossed around ideas for making their very own industry entrance. Draft regulations released by the Cannabis Control Commission pegged the price of recreational retail and distribution licenses at over $10,000 said Moon, but social clubs are locally licensed at a way more modest cost.
Theres an enormous monetary investment with growing and distributing, and thats not something that the typical working family can get into, he said beyond front door, where a black sign advises members and their paid guests of a no-weapons policy, and inside where a no-photography rule is enforced.
While the recreational marijuana industry awaits its marching orders from the CCC, Moon and his family have carved out a distinct segment within the existing legal landscape. Current state law prohibits the sale of recreational marijuana but allows anyone of imbibing age to own a small amount on their person.
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Private social clubs like Moons fall outside the scope of regulation by the Cannabis Control Commission, consistent with spokeswoman Dot Joyce.
We only have jurisdiction over the things that we license, and we dont license that sort of establishment, she said Thursday.
Last week, Worcester City Manager Edward M. Augustus called at the CCC to modify that, saying in an announcement that (The Summit Lounge) didn’t divulge to the town that he can be operating a personal club for the aim of marijuana consumption. He has exploited a loophole within the 2017 Marijuana Act in addition to the draft regulations private bring your individual marijuana clubs should be addressed.
Moon said he and his board were transparent of their intentions while submitting license applications for the Summit Lounge.
They asked us what are our members going to be smoking and we said, anything thats legal in Massachusetts. Then we also had other conversations with town that went more into more detail, Moon said, sitting on bar stool within the back room of the Summit Lounge. Even if we didnt disclose that they were going to be smoking cannabis would the licensing process be any different? No, it wouldnt was because theres no differentiation between whats legal and whats not legal.
He said he met with Augustus this week, and all agreed to move past this and work in concert.
We have worked with (town) and continue to work with them and sit up for working with them, they’ve concerns, and clearly I’VE concerns too, he said. Were a brand new business, they understand were a brand new business, and so they dont wish to turn small businesses away, but we remember that there are concerns that should be addressed.
Moon works a second job as a recovery coach. He’s in abstinence-based recovery with four years of sobriety under his belt. He admits to being skeptical to the venture when it was pitched to me, but was swayed by research he found showing marijuanas benefits to individuals with substance-use disorders or who are suffering from chronic pain.
It was a kind of things where my very own misgivings were more or less confronted and that i was capable of take a look at it from a good standpoint where, simply because I dont smoke weed, because I dont consume cannabis, doesnt mean it doesnt help lots of people. I BELIEVE thats where we have to start going as a society, he said.
Moon said The Summit Lounge is a spot where medical patients and recreational smokers can meet with like minded people. He hopes the stigma surrounding cannabis use will fade as more marijuana ventures open up within the state.
And if all goes in keeping with plan, Moon and his family may be a part of the wave of companies that come to the commonwealth after July 1.
Do now we have ambitions to become a dispensary? Its like, thats where the moneys at, he said.
That is something that were working through, were membership driven, so I dont know if this location could be an even venture, but were looking to keep everything at the table.
The Quinsigamond Community College student said he have been fielding phone calls from people who find themselves considering opening social clubs just like the Summit Lounge in other parts of the state. He considers working with them to open chapters of the social club in different cities.
But for now, Moon remains to be ironing out wrinkles at his Water Street location his point-of-sale system went down last week, and the board continues to be wrestling with the associated fee structure of membership.
When we were opening this we were like, were going to have all of them over the state, that is gonna be great. After which you begin to overlook most of the finer details of just opening the primary one, so were focused getting this profitable, or not even profitable but sustainable, after which scaling from there, he said.
Information from: Sentinel & Enterprise (Fitchburg, Mass.)
[Source: The Cannabist]