As the region struggles to crackdown on rampant homelessness and drug abuse, Marijuana-specific restaurants are poised to open throughout southern California in the coming months.
“Like any good chef about to open a restaurant, Andrea Drummer wants to get her pairings just right. But her lamb chops with plantain-mango salsa won’t be matched with wine or beer,” reports the Anchorage Daily News. “Instead, a ‘budtender’ – some in the industry call them ganjiers, as in ganja sommeliers – will help guests at the soon-to-open Lowell Farms cannabis cafe pair their farm-to-table meal with the perfect strain of farm-to-table marijuana.”
“A kush is a little more pungent, so it pairs better with a stew, or something like a beef or a meat product. A lighter lemon profile goes nicely with a fish,” said Drummer, adding another strain “pairs well with both savory and sweet. I’ve done it with ice cream, and with bread puddings, but I’ve also done it with octopus.”
Drummer’s 220-seat establishment in West Hollywood will be the first in America to allow patrons to dine while smoking marijuana.
Original Story: July 18, 2019
Los Angeles issued the nation’s first license for an “open-air” Marijuana restaurant this week; allowing diners to smoke cannabis while eating outdoors.
“The nation’s first cannabis restaurant was approved by West Hollywood’s Business License Commission in a landmark decision. Lowell Farms: A Cannabis Cafe will be an open-air restaurant at 1201 N. La Brea Avenue, and promises cannabis cuisine and a smoking area,” reports the Los Angeles Patch.
“However, the cannabis cafe will sit across the street from a synagogue, which has an outdoor area used by the congregation. A rabbi at Tuesday’s city meeting asked for the business license to be rejected, and left without a word when it was approved,” adds the report.
Marijuana shops opened in West Hollywood back in 2018, but the approval of the open-air restaurant is a first nationwide.
Los Angeles is currently facing a new public health risk from a massive rat infestation largely ignored by local officials; raising serious concerns over ‘medieval’ illnesses re-emerging across the country’s second largest city.
“An ever-growing number of rodents in California — particularly in Los Angeles — is being fueled by a spiking homeless population and restrictions on rodenticides that are risking a public health crisis, according to a study released Tuesday,” reports Fox News.
BREAKING NOW: Illinois Governor Signs Law Legalizing ‘Recreational Marijuana’ and ‘Commercial Sale’
Illinois Governor JB Pritzker signed into law new legislation Tuesday that will legalize the possession and consumption of recreational marijuana on January 1st, 2020.
“Supporters say it will be a game-changer for revenue in the state, while opponents say it makes the state more dangerous,” reports ABC Chicago. “Tuesday morning, the governor put pen to paper here in the Austin neighborhood, legalizing the recreational use of marijuana and it’s commercial sale in the state.”
NEW: Illinois has become the latest state to legalize marijuana. The bill, signed by Gov. JB Pritzker, will also "clear the cannabis-related records of nonviolent offenders." https://t.co/bwIk70AVqF
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“As the first state in the nation to fully legalize adult-use cannabis through the legislative process, Illinois exemplifies the best of democracy: a bipartisan and deep commitment to better the lives of all of our people,” said Gov. JB Pritzker. “Legalizing adult-use cannabis brings an important and overdue change to our state, and it’s the right thing to do. This legislation will clear the cannabis-related records of nonviolent offenders through an efficient combination of automatic expungement, gubernatorial pardon and individual court action. I’m so proud that our state is leading with equity and justice in its approach to cannabis legalization and its regulatory framework. Because of the work of the people here today and so many more all across our state, Illinois is moving forward with empathy and hope.”
“My office is proud to have helped develop this historic legislation, which will provide conviction relief to hundreds of thousands of Illinois residents in the most extensive and equitable way possible,” said Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx. “The time for justice is now, especially for communities of color who have long been disproportionately impacted by low-level cannabis convictions and the failed war on drugs. We look forward to continuing our efforts to ensure the broadest relief possible under this revolutionary law.”
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
HIGH TIMES: Sen. Gillibrand Unveils Her New Plan to Legalize Marijuana Across the US
Fading Democratic candidate Kirsten Gillibrand unveiled her new plan to legalize Marijuana across the United States Wednesday; saying ending the prohibition against Cannabis will be a “top priority of my Presidency.”
“Gillibrand said the ‘unfair’ enforcement of federal marijuana laws has had disproportionate impacts on communities of color and prevents medical patients’ access to the drug to treat chronic pain or other conditions,” reports The Hill.
“These are real injustices that affect millions of Americans and multiple areas of our society, and it’s past time to get to work making them right,” Gillibrand said in a Medium post.
“The New York Democrat’s plan includes establishing a process to regulate and tax marijuana production, expunging all non-violent marijuana convictions, expanding medical access to marijuana to all private and many federal health plans, investing in research into the drug’s health benefits, and directing funds gained through taxes to communities of color and women- and minority-owned small cannabis businesses,” adds the Hill.
The Senator’s plan seeks to nationalize legalization efforts that have led to recreational use in 10 states and medical use in 33 states.
“We’ve made great progress in recent years on legalizing marijuana at the state and municipal level, and we’ve seen the positive benefits in states like Colorado, Washington, and more. But a state-by-state patchwork is not enough to tackle the deeply rooted racial, social, and economic injustices within our marijuana laws, or to fully unleash the economic equity and opportunity of marijuana legalization,” Gillibrand said.
“With this plan, we can begin to dismantle the institutional racism in our criminal justice system, open up important new medical and economic horizons, and lift up communities who need and deserve a fair shot at opportunity,” she added.
Read the full report at The Hill.