February 9, 2018

Members-only cannabis club opens in Canal District

Courtesy/Summit Lounge
The Summit Lounge in Worcester.

The Summit Lounge, a members-only marijuana club, opened today on Water Street in Worcester.

General Manager Kyle Moon would not disclose how many members the club has now, but said he's hoping for at least 250 over the next three months. Membership is $50 per month.

"Our members are legally able to smoke anything that's legal in Massachusetts here," Moon said.

Currently, the club does not provide any products itself, as the state's Cannabis Control Commission has yet to finalize rules and regulations for the legal pot industry. Summit invites its members to bring its weed, hash, edibles, oil and other cannabis products to consume.

The club will provide snacks and drinks for members.

Anyone caught selling cannabis products in the club will be kicked out and authorities will be notified, said Moon, a 27-year-old Northbridge resident.

Massachusetts voters legalized the use of the drug in November 2017, and businesses will be able to apply for licenses to sell the product in April, and they can being those sales in July.

Smoking in public places is still illegal, but the club is a private association. Therefore, smoking is allowed in the building.

The Cannabis Control Commission has discussed regulation surrounding marijuana cafes, and if that becomes a legal option, it would be up to the club's members to open it up to the public, Moon said.

"We're trying to build a community," he said. "We want members to feel private and secure."

The club is modeled after similar establishments in Colorado, where it's also illegal to light up in public places, Moon said.

"We're just trying to remove that negative stigma and trying to take a legitimate industry and make it legitimate," he said.

An open house will be held at the club from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Feb. 17, but no smoking is allowed.

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