Lansing, Mich., residents can purchase adult-use cannabis at more than a dozen dispensaries in their city. Soon, they’ll be able to consume it in a social setting outside their homes, too.

City officials granted conditional approvals for four businesses to open cannabis consumption lounges in each of four wards, the Lansing State Journal reported.

Those businesses and locations include:

Ward 1: Rehbel Industries, 415 Baker St.Ward 2: Edgewood Wellness, 134 Edgewood Blvd.Ward 3: Common Citizen, 6289 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.Ward 4: Downtown Capitol, 600 S. Capitol Ave.

Since learning Lansing was going to allow consumption lounges, the Edgewood Wellness team has focused on expanding its retail facility on Edgewood Boulevard to include a coffee shop, a “few” consumption lounges, event space and even an art gallery, co-owner Jeffrey Hank told Fox 47 News. When construction is complete, the Edgewood Wellness team will utilize 19,000 square feet of its business facility.

“A consumption lounge concept is pretty new in the United States,” Hank told the news outlet. “It’s inspired by the Amsterdam-style coffee shop, and we hope to bring it here. It’ll be one of the first places in Michigan that have not only a cannabis store, but a coffee shop type area where people can get a good beverage, but also sit and relax and hang out with friends or do some work for the day and sit in a little different environment.”

Meanwhile, Common Citizen, a brand of LIV Cannabis Co., recently opened its Lansing medical and adult-use retail facility on Martin Luther King Boulevard. The company plans to open its consumption lounge on the property adjacent to its retail facility in the fall, according to a LIV Cannabis press release. 

“Michigan’s capital city—the epicenter of our state—was the most logical place to continue our expansion and further our mission of connecting people through the many wellness benefits of cannabis,” Dennis Zoma, LIV Cannabis co-founder, said in the release. “The entire LIV Cannabis team is excited to help consumers in Greater Lansing create memories that enhance their lives through cannabis.”

In fiscal 2021, Lansing was among the 62 cities, 15 villages and 33 townships participating in Michigan’s adult-use cannabis program. With 16 licensed retail facilities for the fiscal year, Lansing received $903,255 from a shared revenue fund set aside under the state’s Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act (MRTMA).

Since then, Lansing officials have approved 16 additional cannabis businesses, including 12 retail facilities and microbusiness, FOX 47 reported.

The four companies approved for consumption lounges still have to finish building out their facilities and receive a state license, before they can receive their city licenses from Lansing officials, the news outlet reported.

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