The city of West Hollywood made a landmark decision Tuesday, when it approved a space within its city limits for what's billed as a first-of-its-kind cannabis café.
Lowell Farms promises cannabis cuisine and a smoking area, too. However, it's an open air restaurant directly across the street from a synagogue.
A rabbi at the meeting asked for the the business license to be rejected. After the café was approved, the rabbi left without a word.
To gain resounding unanimous approval from the city of West Hollywood, Lowell Farms promised an air filtration system like the one used in casinos.
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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 not half-baked.
The restaurant will be alcohol free, since state law prohibits the consumption of cannabis and alcohol on the same site.
The 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.