California was among the first states to legalize the use of medical marijuana over two decades ago. In 2016, the state also legalized the use of marijuana for recreational purposes allowing entrepreneurs to exploit the new law by investing in the weed business. In some states of America, thousands of people are arrested for possession and consumption of weed.
In California, it is illegal to smoke weed in public. This prompted the residents of West Hollywood to devise new ways to take advantage of the recreational purpose of cannabis by allowing operation of cannabis restaurants through a licensing process.
Lowell Café is the first legal cannabis restaurant in the US. The law permits the café to serve weed alongside food. It is set to launch on October 1st. Along with the waiters, there will be ‘budtenders’ whose work is to greet customers and help them understand the menus, bong service, dab rigs and other marijuana treats.
The restaurants cannot serve food infused with cannabis because the state health law does not permit this. However, the customer’s choice of weed will be served along with their dishes. For a long time, cannabis consumers had to hide while smoking pot and could not come out and say I consume marijuana, says chef, Andrea. Being able to engage and smoke weed with other people in a free environment where you are neither hiding nor being judged is freeing.
Lowell Café opening will be a groundbreaking event in a country where marijuana is still illegal in some states. In some parts of the U.S., more than one person per minute is arrested for marijuana possession or consumption.
Although there are lounges and clubs where people can smoke weed, traditional-like restaurants offering the service are nowhere to be seen. Lowell Café is meant to change this by selling marijuana, along with food. The officials of West Hollywood have helped Lowell traverse through the conflicting and unclear state and local laws. The law does not allow servings of food infused with cannabis, but it does allow Lowell Café to serve food and marijuana in one sitting.
Kevin Brady, Lowell Café director, says that the restaurant will be an elegant and beautiful place with zero stereotyping. To dispel the fear of a rabbi from a synagogue across the street from Lowell, Brady assures him that the Café would be installed with an advanced air filtration system that would not allow a whiff of weed outside the premises.
After launching, Lowell Café will be opening at 10 am and closing at 10 pm. People from various countries, such as Japan and Russia, have already made reservations. The customers will have the option of rolling their joints or renting the pipes or bongs, and the flower hosts can also lend a hand in rolling a joint.
The Café has in employment a cannabis chef, Drummer, who is known for preparing weed-infused food for Chelsea Handler on her reality TV show Chelsea Does. According to Drummer, serving food alongside weed is a fascinating experience. She is in her final stages of finalizing a healthy menu full of traditional dishes.
Lowell Café is backed up by Lowell Herb Co, with 8 percent of its workforce being people with cannabis infractions on their record. By employing the 8%, the café seeks to fight weed consumption stigma.
Experts believe that marijuana industry companies like Neutra Corp. (OTCQB: NTRR) and Organigram Holdings Inc. (TSX: OGI) (NASDAQ: OGI) may be happy that resturants with special licenses can now serve marijuana and take it out of the secrecy to which it had initially been condemned.
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