First cannabis cafe in the US opens in Los Angeles

first_imgAleksandr_Kravtsov/iStock(LOS ANGELES) — Lowell Farms Cafe officially opens Tuesday for canna-business!The organic cannabis cafe off La Brea Avenue in West Hollywood, Calif., is the first place in the country where customers can legally eat, drink and smoke cannabis.The establishment said to think of it as “a fresh concept blending a cafe and dispensary.”“We wanted to break the stigma against cannabis so we wanted to create an environment where people could comfortably consume and also enjoy a really fantastic meal,” General Manager Lily Estanislao told ABC Los Angeles station KABC.When customers walk in to the first-of-its-kind establishment, they are greeted by a “Flower Host” who acts as a guide to help them find the right cannabis or vapes.“We always want to feel very approachable. I don’t want my knowledge by any means to make someone feel uncomfortable or uneducated. I want to be able to have a conversation with them and hopefully they leave here feeling a little more secure about their personal relationship with cannabis,” one of the Flower Hosts told KABC.There’s also an entire menu made to be paired with the cafe’s array of cannabis offerings.Executive chef Andrea Drummer, a highly praised cannabis chef in Los Angeles who has curated countless high-end cannabis-infused dishes since 2012, is at the helm of the fare served at Lowell Farms.“She’s fashioned a unique menu of healthy, flavorful, non-infused dishes complementary to our cannabis offerings,” the website explained.Lowell Cafe allows guests to bring their own cannabis for an additional fee, similar to diners who bring their own bottles of wine to a restaurant and pay a corkage fee.The lounge style atmosphere is appointed with earthy vibes, cozy cognac leather booths, lofted ceilings, rustic wooden beams draped with greenery and a living wall. There is additional outdoor patio section with continued earth tones, warm overhead globe lights and plenty more greenery and trees.The new eatery and lounge will also look to attract clientele from out of state, where recreational cannabis use is not yet legal.“Our cafe offers tourists and locals the opportunity to experience cannabis in a sociable, restaurant-style atmosphere. There hasn’t been anything like this in existence for over 100 years, dating back to pre-prohibition era cannabis tea pads,” the cafe said on its site. “We’re excited to set the standard on what a US-based cannabis cafe is, and share this rare experience with our like-minded (and inquisitive) cannabis community.”The cafe has the same requirements as a Californian dispensary, so patrons who plan to visit must bring a government issued I.D. and cash for all cannabis purchases.While reservations are not required, they are encouraged and can be made up to 30 days in advance by phone or online.Lowell Cafe serves farm fresh food, coffee, juice and cannabis daily from noon – 10 p.m.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Derry: Barton’s comments ‘unwise’

first_img Club owner Tony Fernandes, who celebrated his 49th birthday with a big QPR cake, met with manager Harry Redknapp yesterday to formulate a plan to try to get Rangers back in to the Barclays Premier League at the first attempt. Fernandes was happy that Redknapp was willing to continue as manager, but he was in a far less joyous mood when asked about the performances of some of his players this season. The Malaysian businessman will likely try to clear out some of those players in the summer, including Barton, whose loan at Marseille expires in the summer. Midfielder Esteban Granero has hinted that he would be willing to remain at Loftus Road, but Loic Remy, Djibril Cisse, and Julio Cesar appear to be considering their future. Remy, who has scored five goals since joining from Marseille in January, revealed he wants to playing the top flight again next season. When asked whether Premier League football suited him, the French striker told “I feel like it is, in every way. “You get less time to read the game in this league. There’s more pressure and there’s more contact, though there is more space too. It’s great for a player like me. They play deep here and I like that. It feels like the perfect league for me.” Midfielder Shaun Derry thinks Joey Barton decision to brand QPR’s players as “maggots” was unwise. Barton wasted no time in delivering a damning verdict on QPR’s relegation on Sunday afternoon, describing some members of the squad as “maggots” shortly after the team’s 0-0 draw at Reading. “I know Joey. I know him on a different level and I know that when things go against him personally he comes out with some unbelievable comments,” Derry told talkSPORT. “Deep down he’s a fighter, but at the same time, when you’re down and you’re really at the bottom of what’s been a horrible season perhaps it wasn’t the wisest thing.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more