With more and more states legalizing marijuana, your next event might be held in a state where it’s legal—and if that’s the case, you better believe that some event attendees will want to get high. There’s a lot to learn about the topic before allowing cannabis at your event, but I’ve compiled the basics to get you started.
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- As of January (when Vermont signed on), recreational marijuana use is legal in nine states: Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington. In Vermont and the District of Columbia, it’s legal but, you can’t buy it.
- You can’t just go to a shop and buy enough cannabis for your entire event. Each state has a limit on how much you can carry at one time—in most states, it’s one ounce of bud. That would be enough for a small gathering, but in general, if you’re going to allow marijuana at your event, attendees will have to pick it up themselves.
- The limits for possession are different when it comes to edibles, so if that’s what you’re serving, make sure to read the fine print when buying. If you do decide to go the edibles route, Bec Koop, the Cannabis Concierge, advises against it, for many reasons, best to buy prepackaged foods to ensure accurate dosing—and don’t just hand them out.
- It’s still illegal to smoke or vape in public, so make sure to communicate to attendees that they cannot leave the premises if they’re partaking.
- If some attendees need to be clean for a drug test, research shows that moderate secondhand smoke will not linger in their bloodstream.
- This one might be obvious, but if you’re in a nonsmoking hotel, remind attendees that they can’t smoke marijuana in their rooms!