The nation’s first cannabis cafe opened Tuesday as a long line of guests stood outside, ready to dine and light up at the West Hollywood location.
Inside Lowell Cafe’s earthy, foliage-covered interior, guests sampled the cafe’s cannabis selection in bongs, pipes and joints.
Some paired their marijuana products with dishes like jalapeño mac and cheese, nachos or steak and salad.
A Lowell Farms “flower host” guided guests through choosing from different strains on the menu, explaining all the different flavors and effects.
Each dish listed on the food menu came with a suggested cannabis strain to pair with it.
One West Hollywood resident, clad in marijuana leaf-printed blouse and a bedazzled rainbow vest, said that he had been waiting for a business like Lowell’s Cafe to open up for decades. He took a toke from his joint and said, “freedom.”
The cafe’s cannabis consumption license was unanimously approved back in July by the West Hollywood Business License Commission, with the city’s chamber of commerce officials telling the Los Angeles Times they were excited about how the new cafe might benefit cannabis tourism.
City officials said they would be monitoring the business for a year to see how it’s affecting its neighbors.