Marijuana consumption bus firm trying to roll into new markets

A Denver-based company that operates buses on which marijuana consumption is allowed wants to expand its services to states such as California, Massachusetts and Nevada in 2018.

Loopr, which operates the so-called “Puff Buses,” is in talks with officials in Los Angeles and Las Vegas to bring the service to those cities, according to the Boston Herald. Recreational cannabis became legal in Nevada on July 1 and will become legal in California in January.

Loopr’s lobbying efforts aren’t as far along in Massachusetts – where the recreational program is expected to launch July 1, 2018 – but the company has begun advertising Boston as a destination, according to the Herald.

The head of Massachusetts’ recently formed Cannabis Control Commission said his group will review whether consumption buses are allowed under the state’s new recreational law.

Legalization advocates say the law allows for the mobile marijuana lounges, which would be no different than so-called party buses and limousines in which consumers can consume alcohol, the Herald reported.

Loopr passengers can buy one-, two- or three-day passes for the buses, which travel around a city while making stops at partner marijuana retailers, bars and other popular tourist destinations. The bus company doesn’t sell cannabis, but riders can purchase marijuana products from Loopr partners.