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.
While it is still illegal to smoke cannabis in public, the city of West Hollywood has found a new way to expand recreational use by creating a licensing process for the sale of cannabis for restaurants.
Thus, "Lowell Farms: A Cannabis Cafe", will be the first legal cannabis restaurant in the country to open on October 1st. The venue will be located on a rooftop in West Hollywood where they will serve "rural cuisine showcasing cooking and cannabis".
Since state law prohibits the consumption of cannabis and alcohol on the same site, the restaurant will need to be alcohol-free.
Neighbors were concerned about the overwhelming smell of cannabis coming 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, restaurant owners have not been legally allowed to serve fresh cannabis-infused food as there are no state health regulations permitting it, but they have been able to obtain permission 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, the Guardian.
To help people choose their products, there will be 'Welcome Flowers' for table service, where guides alongside the 'cannabis sommelier' will explain each strain, its potency and effects, while rolling your drink. attached for you.
By offering both food and cannabis products, Lowell Cafe will set itself apart from 'lounges' and clubs where people can congregate 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 varieties of cannabis on offer. The California-inspired menu features dishes "intended to complement the awakening of the senses of cannabis use." Guests can choose from dishes like grilled peaches and burrata, crispy Brussels sprouts or a fried chicken sandwich.
Adapt to legislation
Since this is a first, the Lowell Cafe has a few rules that patrons should follow. Although it is open until 2:21 am, there will be a “last call” for cannabis products at 50:XNUMX pm. However, if you want to smoke later, you can “pre-order” and smoke until the cafe closes.
Guests must be 21 years of age or older to enter and will be required to present ID. The restaurant only takes cash for cannabis products, although you can pay for food or drink with a credit card.
The cafe will also have a 'take out' area where customers can grab take out items such as edibles, soft drinks, concentrates and buds.