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West Hollywood Approves Nation's First Cannabis Cafe

Patch logo Patch 7/17/2019 Emily Holland

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA — The nation's first cannabis cafe was approved by West Hollywood's Business License Commission in a landmark decision. Lowell Farms will be an open-air restaurant at 1201 N. La Brea Avenue, and promises cannabis cuisine and a smoking area.

However, the cafe will sit across the street from a synagogue, which has an outdoor area used by the congregation. A rabbi at Tuesday's city meeting asked for the business license to be rejected, and left without a word when it was approved, NBC4 reported.

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Lowell Farms promised an air filtration system like the one used in casinos to gain resounding unanimous approval from the city.

While the approval is historic and many believe the move by the progressive city is only the start, the cannabis consumption area licenses are only good for a year. Skeptics are watching to make sure these marijuana milestones are here to last. The restaurant will be alcohol free since state law prohibits the consumption of cannabis and alcohol on the same site. Doors could open within months.

A National Restaurant Association survey released earlier this year showed that plant-based ingredients, including cannabis and CBD, were considered some of the top trends in the industry. Seventy-six percent of the 650 association-member chefs surveyed identified cannabis/CBD-infused food as the second-most popular trend. Cannabis-infused drinks were identified as the top trend.

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