When the latest West Hollywood cafe opens, creatives will be able to sip coffee while they work on their screenplays and millennials will have one more brunch spot to frequent.
They will take a seat in a private, fenced area surrounded by lush greenery. A waiter will take their order, said Sean Black, co-founder of Lowell Herb Co., a partner in the business.
And then, customers will get a visit from a sommelier — a cannabis sommelier.
It’s a vision that Black and his partner, David Elias, have worked on bringing to life for years. On Tuesday night, the West Hollywood Business License Commission unanimously approved a cannabis consumption license for Lowell Cafe, the first of its kind in the nation, Black said. It was the last step before the cafe opens Sept. 1.
The commission also approved a cannabis consumption license for Pleasure Med, owned by West Hollywood adult retailer Pleasure Chest. The business will be a high-end retailer and cannabis delivery service with a lounge area. A wave of other businesses is expected to follow.
“It’s the end of prohibition,” Black said. “It’s really groundbreaking and exciting.”
Black said supporters of the Lowell Cafe were “jubilant.” The West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce was excited about how the cafe might benefit cannabis tourism, and a local neighborhood watch group said it was glad to have a 24-hour security guard in the area. Even parents longing for a place to smoke away from their children supported the idea.
But a rabbi from the Jewish synagogue Congregation Kol Ami, located across the street from the cafe’s future home on North La Brea Avenue, was not as thrilled.
Read on to find out why the Rabbi isn’t happy