Detroit suburb lands first licensed Michigan marijuana consumption lounge

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Michigan’s first licensed marijuana consumption lounge is set to open this month in the Detroit suburb of Hazel Park.

According to Detroit radio station WWJ, the lounge – dubbed Hot Box Social – will open its doors about 10 miles north of Detroit.

The lounge initially will be available only for private events, the radio station noted, and won’t open to the public until later this year on an undecided date.

Hot Box Social is owned by Troy, Michigan-based Trucenta, which also runs a nearby adult-use marijuana retail shop, Breeze.

“Our plan is to first use the space for corporate, social and special events,” Trucenta spokesperson Nowfal Akash told WWJ.

“Come summer, we’ll start scheduling events so the public can experience Hot Box Social with consumption-friendly activities like social gatherings, educational opportunities and arts-focused activities.”

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Consumption lounges have been slow to catch on as a business model in the modern marijuana industry – and were set back further by COVID-19 – but they are steadily becoming a trend in some adult-use markets as Colorado and Nevada.

While Hazel Park allows recreational sales, Detroit officials still are trying to craft an ordinance to permit an adult-use industry there.