Actor and hashish legalization activist Woody Harrelson opened a brand new enterprise in West Hollywood, California, on Friday, May 13: a authorized hashish dispensary that can even embrace a consumption lounge situated in a yard backyard.
Harrelson’s new enterprise, The Woods, debuted with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by the mayor of West Hollywood, Lauren Meister and the pinnacle of town’s chamber of commerce, Genevieve Morrill. “Hopefully we’ve added more beauty and more good times here. Hopefully, we can make the West Hollywood Citizens a little bit higher,” stated Harrelson to a crowd assembled outdoors The Woods, the place at the least one onlooker was lighting up. “It’s the greatest day that I’ve had in a long time.”
The Woods is one in every of what are anticipated to be as much as 16 hashish consumption lounges (in accordance to Eater LA) in West Hollywood. The metropolis of round 35,000 is turning into a haven for weed companies usually and consumption lounges particularly, and a bunch of hashish businesspeople have come collectively to advertise and model West Hollywood as a vacationer vacation spot referred to as Emerald Village.
Located at 8271 Santa Monica Boulevard (subsequent to Norah restaurant, in an area that was the studio of designer Thomas Schools), The Woods sells every part from smoking apparatuses to flowers and edibles in a fantastically designed area that looks like a high-end boutique.
“Well, you know for a long time, I used to think about, ‘Wouldn’t it be cool to have a dispensary, your own dispensary, that’s just like the place you can go,” Harrelson instructed The Hollywood Reporter simply earlier than the ribbon-cutting (the place visitors included the actor’s spouse Laura and his managers Jeremy Plager and Tracy Harshman). “But then I never did like the idea that you couldn’t consume on-site, as you can in say, you know, Amsterdam.”
Harrelson — whose companions in The Woods embrace Bill Maher, Schoos, Michael Berman (CEO of Schoos Design), and Jay Handal and Devon Wheeler (founders of dispensary chain Erba) — praised town of West Hollywood for its embrace of consumption lounges.
“These guys are so broad-minded here in WeHo so they’ve allowed consumption,” stated Harrelson, who additionally toured and fell for the area when it was Schoos’ design studio. The again space consists of lush plantings and a koi pond. “I was just like, ‘Wow, I love this spot. I love where it is.’ So I decided to do it,” stated Harrelson.
While The Woods carries a wide range of hashish manufacturers, it’s spotlighting natural, California and sun-grown strains per its well-known proprietor’s preferences. “I very much believe in sun-grown,” explains the actor. “The war on drugs pushed [growers] indoors and you know, that’s fine. I call it chem weed and it also spawned the use of a great deal of fertilizers and artificial lights and so forth. And I just feel like we don’t need that anymore. We won the war on drugs here in California for this plant. Let’s bring it outdoors where it belongs. It really wants to be outside or at least in a greenhouse, but let it get real sun. Definitely, the quality is so much better.”
As for what he calls chem weed — which he has stated are strains that push ever increased on THC ranges — “that just blows the top of your heads off. And, it’s like, ‘Why do I need that? Just one hit is all I get? I’m done now.’”
Harrelson is hardly the one Hollywood participant within the authorized hashish area. According to the Los Angeles Times, two different consumption lounges are within the works in West Hollywood, one backed by Jay-Z and one other with Patricia Arquette as an investor. The crowd of stars that has began their very own weed manufacturers consists of Seth Rogen, Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, Willie Nelson, Wiz Khalifa and Melissa Etheridge.
Harrelson tells THR he’d like to start out his personal model as properly. “I have a very specific kind of approach. I don’t want to go into it deeply, but I definitely want to do everything I can to encourage sun-grown herb.”
This night on the Ricardo Montalbán Theatre in Hollywood, the actor is ready to obtain the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award recognizing him for his longtime legalization activism, as a part of the 18th annual Emerald Cup Awards. The occasion honors best-in-class hashish purveyors in such classes as pre-roll, flower, dispensary, eco-conscious packaging and edibles.
For Harrelson — who was arrested in 1996 for planting 4 hemp seeds in protest of a Kentucky state regulation that conflated marijuana and industrial hemp — the legalization motion has gone far past the place he ever imagined it might.
“It’s kind of mind-blowing because, to be honest, I never thought that it would get to this stage,” Harrelson instructed L.A. Weekly final month. “I never thought you’d even have it to where it was legal, much less that you could go get it out of the shop. So it’s pretty exciting.”