Actor and longtime cannabis advocate Woody Harrelson last week opened the doors to his West Hollywood, California cannabis business, The Woods, which includes a retail dispensary, delivery outlet, on-site consumption lounge, bar, and restaurant, WeHoVille reports. Comedian Bill Maher and interior designer Thomas Schoos are partners in the venture.
Harrelson, who is best known for his role in “Cheers” and films such as “Natural Born Killers” and “Zombieland,” planted four hemp seeds in Kentucky in 1996 and reported himself in order to get arrested and take the case to court. He was charged with misdemeanor cannabis possession but was acquitted four years later after a jury determined the state had not established a burden of proof.
The Woods features a jungle-like garden, koi pond, and walking trails.
“Hopefully we’ve added more beauty and more good times here. Hopefully, we can make the West Hollywood Citizens a little bit higher. It’s the greatest day that I’ve had in a long time.” – Harrelson to the Hollywood Reporter
According to Eater LA, there are expected to be 16 total cannabis consumption lounges in West Hollywood and other celebrities, including rapper Jay-Z, and actress Patricia Arquette, have invested in businesses in the city, which is expected to have one of the highest numbers of cannabis businesses per capita in the world, Scott Schmidt, executive director of Emerald Village, told Eater LA.
Harrelson said The Woods will spotlight outdoor cannabis.
“We won the war on drugs here in California for this plant. Let’s bring it outdoors where it belongs,” he told the Hollywood Reporter. “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.”
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