You can cancel that flight to Amsterdam because on Tuesday, America’s first legal cannabis restaurant and lounge opened its doors in sunny California. Lowell Farms in West Hollywood welcomed customers into their pot-themed eatery, complete with “flower hosts” – (weed sommeliers) or (budtenders) who stand ready to “help guests choose their strain based on flavor and effect.”
According to the Associated Press, “flower hosts will also roll smokes where necessary, and specialized bongs and dabs are also available.” Patrons can then partake in an enjoyable meal (or two). According to reports, this is the first of eight cannabis cafes scheduled to open in West Hollywood alone, and you can bet a side-order of THC laced gummy bears that many more will follow.
Yes, we are diving into a post-prohibition world, and this is only the beginning. As Starbucks is named after the coffee guzzling first mate in Moby Dick, perhaps new stores and chains will arise with similar historic, literary and popular culture attributions. How about Spicoli’s Fast Times at Ridgemont High, or The Fear and Loathing Cafe complete with wax mannequin of Hunter S. Thompson with his bong in one hand and a .45 in the other. Too much? How about a patriotic theme – both George Washington and Thomas Jefferson grew hemp on their farms, and a quote attributed to Abe Lincoln above the door Honest Abe’s Hemp Emporium says it all – “Two of my favorite things are sitting on my front porch smoking a pipe of sweet hemp, and playing my Hohner harmonica.”
Reservations are not required, but tell your designated driver to wait in the car.