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West Hollywood Approves First Open-Air Cannabis Restaurant In US


Lowell Farms: A Cannabis Cafe will use an air filtration system like the one used in casinos for its smoking area.

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

However, the cannabis 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.

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

West Hollywood pot shops have been open since January 2018, but the approval of the restaurant is considered historic and many believe the move by the progressive city is only the start — even though 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.

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