First cannabis cafe in US of­fers a high with its meals

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Trends -

Los An­ge­les: Hol­ly­wood’s three-mar­tini lunch may be go­ing up in smoke with the open­ing of the first restau­rant in the US where weed can be openly con­sumed.

Al­most two years after Cal­i­for­nia be­gan al­low­ing sales of re­cre­ational cannabis, Low­ell Farms: A Cannabis Cafe opened its doors in trendy West Hol­ly­wood, of­fer­ing farm-to-ta­ble cui­sine along­side va­p­ing, joints, bongs and prepack­aged ed­i­bles.

“We are ex­cited to be that flag­ship, that bench­mark, to show peo­ple that a cannabis busi­ness isn’t some­thing that is scary,” said gen­eral man­ager Kevin Brady.

“It’s some­thing that hasn’t been le­gal for 120 years,” he added of the restau­rant ven­ture, which is funded by cannabis farm­ers Low­ell Herb Co, whose back­ers in­clude the likes of pop star Mi­ley Cyrus, ac­tor Chris Rock and co­me­dian Sarah Sil­ver­man.

While the food served at Low­ell Cafe will not be in­fused with cannabis, din­ers will be of­fered the ser­vices of a “flower host” who will ad­vise how to pair dif­fer­ent strains of mar­i­juana with menu items and roll a joint at the ta­ble.

“Each day we will smell and taste the strains of the cannabis and of­fer pair­ings, much as you would do with wine pair­ings,” said chef An­drea Drum­mer. Din­ers at the Low­ell Farms will be of­fered the ser­vices of a ‘flower host’ who will ad­vise how to pair dif­fer­ent strains of mar­i­juana with menu items and roll a joint at the ta­ble

Cal­i­for­ni­ans have been en­joy­ing cannabis-in­fused food in pri­vate homes and at din­ner par­ties since the state be­gan al­low­ing sales of re­cre­ational cannabis in Jan­uary 2018. But Low­ell Cafe is the first to open of eight cafes or restau­rants that were awarded li­cences by West Hol­ly­wood for pub­lic con­sump­tion, and the first in the US.

The restau­rant is aimed be­yond Hol­ly­wood A-lis­ters.

New Yorker Joy Ali­son Co­hen, who was among the first cus­tomers, called the open­ing a “his­toric event.”

The restau­rant has an in­door and out­door din­ing space and a high-tech air fil­tra­tion sys­tem that man­agers say will scrub out the smoke and en­sure that no din­ers go home high for free.

AFP

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