Attempting to adapt to new laws can be troublesome for just about everyone involved, but when it comes to operating a business, it can be a severe financial investment to discover the latest workaround to implemented legalities. We saw this in its true form for the first time back when prohibition was introduced, not only changing the landscape of restaurants and bars across the country but also giving rise to the thousands of speakeasies which began cropping up in every state in the US.
Now, as marijuana faces legalization across the country, with more than half of the states currently lifting the illegal nature of this drug, new ways are being discovered to provide consumers across the country with the means to obtain it as they see fit. When it comes to marijuana specifically, one of the most often utilized means of use is that of consumption. Whether this is THC infused foods, edibles or drinks, it can be difficult not only to obtain the items but also to be able to serve them to the public in a way that fits their needs and the requirements of the law.
These are the problems that were faced by Lowell Farms, a local eatery looking to combine the cannabis market with food service. Finding the means to operate their business while adhering to the variety of requirements in place wasn’t an easy task and eventually came to a point where they realize they would have to split the business into four separate entities in order to provide the singular service they were looking to deliver. With two sections dedicated to cannabis consumption, and whether to food and yet another is an exterior café.
This level of dedication to getting the property opened that they had envisioned is one that demonstrates the current unprepared state of the Los Angeles area when it comes to providing a multitude of services in one location. There is a stark difference between alcohol consumption and marijuana consumption, as one can be enjoyed relatively on your own whereas the other is typically smoked, which of course has been an action in public that has been slowly deregulated over the last couple decades, creating its own share of problems when it comes to legalizing the public consumption of marijuana and its products.
You have to give it up to the level of ingenuity put into place on the part of the owners, finding a way to work with the city in order to both accommodate their desire to open a restaurant with its own personality and niche as well as conforming to the necessary regulations that are in place as we begin to develop our relationship with the legality of cannabis in the Los Angeles area. It may be worth going to check out the restaurant for yourself, even if you don’t partake in this particular drug, just to congratulate them on their fortitude.