Woody Harrelson Opens West Hollywood Hashish Dispensary, Hopes to Get Residents a “Bit Greater”

Actor and cannabis legalization activist Woody Harrelson opened a brand new enterprise in West Hollywood, California, on Friday, Could 13: a authorized hashish dispensary that may also embrace a consumption lounge positioned in a yard backyard.

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Woody Harrelson at The Woods. Stefanie Keenan/Getty Pictures for The Woods

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 the town’s chamber of commerce, Genevieve Morrill. “Hopefully we’ve added extra magnificence and extra good occasions right here. Hopefully, we are able to make the West Hollywood Residents somewhat bit greater,” mentioned Harrelson to a crowd assembled exterior The Woods, the place not less than one onlooker was lighting up. “It’s the best day that I’ve had in a very long time.”

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The Woods is certainly one of what are anticipated to be as much as 16 hashish consumption lounges (in accordance to Eater LA) in West Hollywood. Town of round 35,000 is changing into a haven for weed companies usually and consumption lounges specifically, and a bunch of hashish businesspeople have come collectively to advertise and model West Hollywood as a vacationer vacation spot known as Emerald Village.

Positioned at 8271 Santa Monica Boulevard (subsequent to Norah restaurant, in an area that was the studio of designer Thomas Colleges), The Woods sells all the things from smoking apparatuses to flowers and edibles in a superbly designed house that appears like a high-end boutique.

“Effectively, you recognize for a very long time, I used to consider, ‘Wouldn’t it’s cool to have a dispensary, your individual dispensary, that’s similar to the place you may go,” Harrelson informed 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). “However then I by no means did like the concept you couldn’t devour on-site, as you may in say, you recognize, Amsterdam.”

Harrelson — whose companions in The Woods embrace Invoice Maher, Schoos, Michael Berman (CEO of Schoos Design), and Jay Handal and Devon Wheeler (founders of dispensary chain Erba) — praised the town of West Hollywood for its embrace of consumption lounges.

“These guys are so broad-minded right here in WeHo in order that they’ve allowed consumption,” mentioned Harrelson, who additionally toured and fell for the house when it was Schoos’ design studio. The again space contains lush plantings and a koi pond. “I used to be similar to, ‘Wow, I really like this spot. I really like the place it’s.’ So I made a decision to do it,” mentioned Harrelson.

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A view of The Woods dispensary in West Hollywood. Stefanie Keenan/Getty Pictures for The Woods

Whereas 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 a lot consider in sun-grown,” explains the actor. “The conflict on medication pushed [growers] indoors and you recognize, that’s high quality. I name it chem weed and it additionally spawned using a substantial amount of fertilizers and synthetic lights and so forth. And I simply really feel like we don’t want that anymore. We received the conflict on medication right here in California for this plant. Let’s convey it outside the place it belongs. It actually desires to be exterior or not less than in a greenhouse, however let it get actual solar. Undoubtedly, the standard is so significantly better.”

As for what he calls chem weed — which he has mentioned are strains that push ever greater on THC ranges — “that simply blows the highest of your heads off. And, it’s like, ‘Why do I want that? Only one hit is all I get? I’m executed now.’”

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Friends attend ‘The Woods’ opening day on Could 13, 2022 in West Hollywood, California. Stefanie Keenan/Getty Pictures for The Woods

Harrelson is hardly the one Hollywood participant within the authorized hashish house. In accordance with 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 gang of stars that has started their own weed brands contains Seth Rogen, Jay-Z,  Snoop Dogg, Willie Nelson, Wiz Khalifa and Melissa Etheridge.

Harrelson tells THR he’d like to begin his personal model as properly. “I’ve a really particular sort of method. I don’t wish to go into it deeply, however I positively wish to do all the things I can to encourage sun-grown herb.”

This night on the Ricardo Montalbán Theatre in Hollywood, the actor is about 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 sort of mind-blowing as a result of, to be sincere, I by no means thought that it might get to this stage,” Harrelson told L.A. Weekly final month. “I by no means thought you’d even have it to the place it was authorized, a lot much less that you may go get it out of the store. So it’s fairly thrilling.”

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Exterior of Woody Harrelson’s The Woods hashish dispensary in West Hollywood. Stefanie Keenan/Getty Pictures for The Woods

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