“Imagine if wine existed and we just didn’t know what we know at the sommelier level,” he said. “Customers will eventually really understand what they want. Like, ‘I want an edible and I want it to keep me awake’ or ‘I like smoking because it hits me faster.’”
A basic level of comfort and confidence with weed is what helped Heidi Keyes, 36, find Puff, Pass and Paint in Denver in 2014, after Colorado legalized recreational marijuana. The school now has locations in five cities across the country, including the Brooklyn studio.
And while many lounges and other cannabis-friendly consumption spaces are waiting to get licenses before opening their doors publicly, Ms. Keyes said Puff, Pass and Paint has been working comfortably in New York City for the past three years, when it started to get inviting. medical patients to bring their own cannabis.
“We all do BYOC, so we don’t dispense cannabis and we don’t act like a pharmacy in any way,” she said. “Every different location we go to, our attorneys look at it to make sure because there are different rules by state, province, city, sometimes neighborhood, sometimes street.”
The week of April 20, Ms. Keyes said, is one of the busiest times for the painting class.
“It’s about the community,” she said. “In the past, so many people had to consume in private and sometimes couldn’t even tell their friends and family because they were afraid of getting into trouble with their jobs or because people would judge them.”
Fernando Terrero, 29, had come to Brooklyn from Jersey City to have a date with his friend, Mr. Santos. A single red rose stood on the table next to their paintings.