New York officials last week shut down a private club in Cheektowaga that allowed on-site cannabis consumption for operating without a cannabis license. John Averill, the CEO of Roaring 420s Lounge, told News 7 that there is no license for his business model and that they do not sell cannabis at the club.
Averill said the cannabis products are donated to the club and that members, who must be at least 21 years old, can sample products while on site but are not allowed to leave with any cannabis products.
Averill shared the Notice of Permit Revocation from the town on Instagram; the notice says town officials “received new guidance from the NY Cannabis Control Board and Office of Cannabis Management” indicating the business was “operating without a cannabis license, and is therefore operating illegally.”
“By the order of the Supervising Code Enforcement Officer, your permits have been revoked, and you are ordered to Cease and Desist all operations at the above-mentioned premises,” the notice, which is signed by the fire inspector, states.
The Instagram post shows a handwritten letter, presumably written by Averill, that says the business is “temporarily closed, due to assholes like this” with an arrow pointing to the notice.
Averill told News7 that the owners test for strain, potency, and safety at local labs, and the leftover product goes to members who fill out a survey and that data goes back to the vendors. He said, through this process, the business has “removed 12 different products that were completely unsafe for human consumption from circulation.”