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Joe Avella: The Lowell Farms Cannabis Cafe is the first restaurant in the US that allows the open consumption of cannabis. What’s weird about it is, like, how not weird this is. What was I gonna say? Ah, who cares?
Located in West Hollywood, it offers a full-service lunch and dinner menu from world-class chef Andrea Drummer. And an array of cannabis flower, edibles, and dabs, both from the Lowell brand and other vendors, for patrons to enjoy with their meal. Lowell Cafe has been featured in Fortune, The New York Times, even “The Howard Stern Show” paid a visit.
The café opened on October 1 and is quickly becoming a garden oasis in the city for folks to smoke and chill. Guys, this is, like, the greatest thing I’ve ever had.
Customer: First time ever smoking in a public restaurant like this. It’s awesome. It’s not a big deal. This should be everywhere.
Customer: It’s kind of a new experience that we can have now.
Customer: This is a judgment-free zone. Just to have fun, just relax, just hang out with your friends.
Joe: But opening the first cannabis café in the United States was not easy. Approval required a lengthy application process to the state and county.
Lily Estanislao: Lowell put together a really tremendous application to the city of West Hollywood. I think we were one of the first to apply. There were over 300 applicants, and we were one of eight licenses that were given to do a cannabis-run business. A lot of the concerns for the neighbors were the smell of the cannabis in the air, as well as maybe perhaps some, like, loitering around the facility. But we have an incredible security team that helps us with that. And with regards to the smell, we put in a state-of-the-art ventilation system. We have a ventilation system on our outdoor patio, which kind of, like, pulls in the smoke, and the same for our indoor patio as well. You’ll notice it is a little bit smoky when you walk inside, but it’s definitely not what it would be without the ventilation system, for sure. We also have fragrant flowers all around the venue.
Joe: I remember when bars, where you could smoke in them, and if this many people were smoking in a bar back in the day, it