Woody Harrelson’s New Cannabis Lounge, The Woods, is Open for Business

There was a lucky vibe for Friday the 13th, at the grand opening for cannabis usage lounge The Woods, co-owned by actor and cannabis entrepreneur Woody Harrelson. Located in West Hollywood, California, the freshly reworked storefront is 1 of the to start with of a slew of consumption facilities slated to open up in the town more than the future two years.

“It’s the most auspicious working day, which is why we did it right now,” Harrelson advised Substantial Situations. He stated the a long time-extensive method, which has last but not least led to the sunlit space on Santa Monica Boulevard.

“It was many years even just before that simply because my good friend and lover Samba (dispensary operator Devon “Samba” Wheeler)—he has now 3 dispensaries, ERBA Markets—anyway, he was a excellent mate of mine even right before he went off into that things, and he was conversing to me, ‘You know, you ought to do it.’

“And I was like ‘I do not know, what if the feds make your mind up to crack down? What do you do?’ It just is dependent on how aggro the administration is. So, it just felt a little bit also dicey. Then, he certain me and we started seeking at places—years ago, we begun looking. A put on Sunset, in this article and there, Malibu, just about everywhere. I came and observed this area with him and I’m like this is the most stunning place I went and I hung out in the again area—that’s not actually open yet—it has a koi pond, tropical plants.”

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The new lounge’s showroom is white with exposed brick and beams, plenty of wood (of study course), and massive plenty of to accommodate a throng of event attendees. The doorways had been officially opened with a ribbon-reducing ceremony and the presentation of a Certificate of Welcome from the City of West Hollywood by Mayor Lauren Meister. Several metropolis officials also were being there, together with media, and hashish industry insiders, some of them in Los Angeles to attend this weekend’s Emerald Cup event. Harrelson is slated to decide at the celebration.

A longtime advocate, Harrelson explained he would go on to support legalization of cannabis on a federal stage and authorized reforms, especially for people now imprisoned on cannabis charges.

“If advocacy signifies shooting my mouth off, then I’m likely to keep on to do that,” Harrelson stated.

“It’s absurd,” he continued. “There are these issues known as consensual crimes, or victimless crimes, and those people are the crimes that really don’t damage anyone other than the particular person perpetrating the criminal offense, right? Like gambling, prescription drugs, prostitution. To me, if you’re not hurting anyone else or their residence, you should be capable to do regardless of what the hell you want. I’m not condoning gambling or medications or anything—I’m just stating, in a authentic, no cost modern society that rather a great deal ought to be the definition. The governing administration attempts to say, ‘We’re likely to place you in jail,’ which they have accomplished for so several decades, ‘because you like marijuana.’ Which is very absurd and I feel it’s pretty significantly of an overreach.”