Since the legalization of cannabis for recreational purposes in California in 2016, its trade has grown drastically, allowing entrepreneurs to take advantage of the new legislation.
Although it is still illegal to smoke cannabis in public, the city of West Hollywood has found a new way to develop recreational consumption by creating a licensing process for cannabis sales for restaurants.
Thus, "Lowell Farms: A Cannabis Cafe", will be the first legal cannabis restaurant in the country that will open on October 1er. The venue will be located on a roof in West Hollywood where they will serve "rural cuisine showcasing cooking and cannabis".
Since state law prohibits the use of cannabis and alcohol on the same site, the restaurant must be alcohol free.
Neighbors worried about the scent of cannabis from the restaurant, but the manager explained that the Lowell Cafe will have an "advanced air filtration system" to prevent the smell from escaping.
So far, the owners of the restaurant have not been legally allowed to serve fresh foods infused with cannabis, as there are no state sanitary regulations permitting it, but they have been able to obtain permits for the consumption of food and cannabis on the same site.
An educational approach
There will be "budtenders" who will greet customers and help them choose from the menu, reported Guardian.
To help people choose their products, there will be "Welcome Flowers" for table service, where the guides next to the "Cannabis Sommelier" will explain each variety, its power and its effects, while rolling your attached for you.
By offering both food and cannabis products, Lowell Cafe will be different from "salons" and clubs where people can gather and smoke. Without a doubt, it will quickly become a fashionable place for cannabis lovers, even if alcohol will be absent.
The kitchen will be managed by Chef Andrea Drummer, trained at Le Cordon Bleu school, who has created a menu to accompany the proposed cannabis strains. The Californian-inspired menu offers dishes "intended to complete the awakening of the senses of cannabis use". Guests can choose from dishes such as grilled peaches and burrata, crisp Brussels sprouts or a fried chicken sandwich.
Adapt to legislation
Since this is a first, the Lowell Cafe has a few rules that guests must follow. Although it is open until 2 in the morning, there will be a "last call" for cannabis products at 21h50. However, if you want to smoke later, you can "pre-order" and smoke until the coffee closes.
Guests must be 21 years old or older to enter and must present ID. The restaurant only takes cash for cannabis products, although you can pay for food or beverages with a credit card.
The café will also have a "take-away" area where guests can take away takeaway food such as edible foods, soft drinks, concentrates and buds.