It’s the news we’ve all been waiting for: while we might not be able to smoke in public, there’s nothing stopping anyone from consuming food laced with the calming substance. What better place to start the new trend than West Hollywood in Los Angeles? The Lowell Cafe will provide customers with a number of prepackaged food-related options to try the drug on their premises, and it’s completely legal based on state laws.
Only customers aged 21 or over will be allowed to peruse the “flower menu,” of course. Unfortunately, state laws do prevent the establishment’s owners from actually offering any marijuana-laced cuisine that isn’t prepackaged. Isn’t that a shame?
According to the Lowell Cafe’s website, they want their restaurant to be a “welcoming space for those who are cannabis connoisseurs and those who are canna-curious.” Lowell Cafe’s flower menu will be based on what the owners are able to keep in stock from the marijuana-growing local farms in the Los Angeles area.
The website also says, “There hasn’t been anything like this in existence for over 100 years, dating back to pre-prohibition era cannabis tea pads. We’re excited to set the standard on what a cannabis cafe is and create this experience for the community.”
The idea is based on combining a person’s love of marijuana with their love of local cuisine, which is why the restaurant owners and chefs decided to build the menu only from regional family-friendly farms.
You can expect the Lowell Cafe to open sometime next month, although the exact date has not been provided yet. The restaurant owners promised to take reservations at least two weeks in advance.
It looks like not everyone is happy about the idea, though.
Synagogue Rabbi Denise Eger of the Kol Ami Congregations said, “The business is to have outdoor space for smoking pot — and I don’t know why my congregation members and participants have to walk through clouds of marijuana to get to synagogue.”
That’s quite an assumption to make, but the city agrees that the cafe’s license should be monitored — and it will be for exactly one year, at which time it will be evaluated. If the cafe has a positive influence on the community as a whole, then it will be renewed. If not, then who can say?
Co-owner Sean Black said, “We want to set a high bar. We better do it right and not mess it up for everybody else. We all feel that pressure.”