MARIJUANA CHECKING IN??
A new challenge is facing hotels with the increased use of social and medical marijuana. So far 26 states and the District of Columbia have passed laws allowing medical use of marijuana to some degree. Approval will likely expand to other states, and is swiftly becoming part of the nations culture. The shift is bringing a major new challenge to the hospitality industry.
A Las Vegas property manager revealed how this unanticipated challenge cropped up. While in a guestroom for routine daily service, the attendant noticed the strong smell of marijuana and reported the problem to her supervisor. Hotel management contacted the guest and informed him that he had violated the propertys non-smoking policy. The guest indicated that he did not smoke, and that he was using prescribed medical marijuana necessary for his health. The hotel indicated that their non-smoking policy covers pot as well. When advice was sought, management was informed that they could not deny access to valid medical treatment.
No longer is just the smell of a random cigar creating a challenge. Now hotels must deal with both social and medical marijuana. Hotels must deal with marijuana users who are adamant that they do not smoke--only tobacco users smoke! Will medical users have proof that their use is prescribed for medication? Will social users claim their use is medical?
We dont know all the legal implications and/or how to deal with them. But we do know how to deal with the smoke . . . how to remove the smoke quickly, safely and inexpensively.
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