As cannabis continues to become a major part of health and recreational lifestyles, the number of people in our social circles who are pro-cannabis is growing. 66% of Americans now support marijuana legalization. 10 states allow recreational marijuana. And there are an estimated 2.1M patients with medical marijuana prescriptions in the US. This means that it’s becoming more common to consume cannabis in social settings.
Now that marijuana is more socially acceptable, it’s starting to become prevalent at social gatherings and events. But how do you decide if adding cannabis to your next party is the right thing to do?
First things first. Know the laws.
State Laws Regarding Social and Public Use of Marijuana
Note that when we talk about cannabis parties, we’re not talking about having a smoke session at your public park, or any other public venue, for that matter. There’s only 1 city in the US – Denver, CO – with ordinances that allow people to smoke marijuana in select public locations, and only a few public places where it applies. But private areas where people may gather socially are a different thing entirely.
This isn’t true everywhere, of course. State laws vary widely. The National Cannabis Industry Association has a great map that shows a breakdown of the states that allow adult recreational consumption, which have legalized medical use, those with limited medical use and the few that are lagging behind with a “no tolerance” policy.
Here are the highlights:
- If you live in California, Colorado, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Michigan, Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont and Washington D.C. – it’s legal for adults over the age of 21 to consume cannabis at private events on private property.
- In 24 other states, you can partake if you are a licensed medical marijuana patient. Each state has its own unique list of conditions that qualify you to obtain a medical card. But if you have a medical card, you can share and enjoy your medicine with other patients; additionally, it may help to do some research on your state’s “reciprocity” policies, in case one of your guests is a registered patient in another state.
- There are 12 more states that allow only high-CBD, low-THC oil for medicinal purposes. This means you can’t smoke it, and you can’t enjoy the psychotropic effects of it, even as a medical patient.
- Idaho, South Dakota, Nebraska and Kansas are the only four states left that have yet to at least legalize medicinal use. If you reside in one of these states, it’s unlikely that a cannabis party is anywhere in your future – at least not if you’re a law-abiding citizen.
Aside from state policies, it’s also important to emphasize that, except for children who have severe medical conditions, cannabis is for adults only. “Adults” are defined as persons over the age of 21. So unless you want to risk getting charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor, you must make sure that anyone consuming cannabis at your event is of the legal age.
5 Creative Ways to Add Marijuana to Your Next Party
Now that you know the laws, you might be wondering exactly how to incorporate marijuana at your next party. Aside from the obvious – have enough flower to share with everyone – there are a few creative ways to add a little Mary Jane to your next social event.
- Whip up some cannabis cocktails – Marijuana-infused beverages are becoming increasingly popular as vendors rush to market with everything from coffee pods and energy drinks to wine and beer. But you don’t have to run down to the dispensary to pick up these party favors. We recently shared some great cannabis drink recipes on the Harvest blog.
- Make a cannabis-infused charcuterie board – Everyone loves a good charcuterie board. Meats, cheeses, dried fruits, veggies, nuts, breads, dipping sauces and oils – you name it. The options are as endless as strains of cannabis. Here are 9 delectable recipes to consider including in your creation.
- Add a little green to your décor – It wouldn’t be a cannabis party without at least a little splash of green. This can be anything from leaf-shaped ice cubes to marijuana banners and balloons to live cannabis flower bouquets. The sky’s the limit. You can find inspiration on Pinterest to get your creative juices flowing.
- Set up a swanky smoke lounge – Comfy seating is a must for any party. But for a cannabis party, it’s worth going the extra mile to set up a smoke lounge. Consider including things like plush arm chairs, floor pillows, mood lighting, rolling trays, lighters, papers, pipes, a hookah or water pipe, multiple varieties of flower and cannabis concentrates.
- Serve up some edibles – Remember, everyone’s tastes are different, and you may have guests who don’t like to smoke. A good host provides multiple options. So, pop some popcorn, bake some brownies or put out a bowl of candies (or all of the above). It’s a great idea to leave the packaging near the serving dishes or put out a small sign sharing the ingredients and dosages.
This list certainly isn’t exhaustive. There are lots of ideas out there and you can always concoct some of your own. For more tips on how to throw a great cannabis party, check out this article from Leafly.
Cannabis Events Are on the Rise
If hosting isn’t your thing but you want to take your experience to the social level, cannabis events are popping up in legal states from coast to coast. Whether you’re looking for a week-long retreat in Jamaica, a tour of the town in California, or an art class in Denver, you might be surprised at all the available options. You can even hire cannabis event experts to plan private dinners, corporate events and weddings!
It truly is a whole new world. And the cannabis lifestyle is on the rise. It makes our hearts happy to know that not only do millions of people in the country have legal access to life-enhancing cannabis, but many of them can even kick back and enjoy buds with friends. We can’t wait to see what happens next.