Ben Hoyle, Los Angeles
Staff at the cannabis smoking lounge provide bongs and joint-rolling devicesJEFF CHIU/AP
The speakeasy decor is meant to evoke San Francisco’s decadent past but the Barbary Coast cannabis bar and smoking lounge is as contemporary as any of the tech startups near by.
State-of-the-art equipment lurks amid the leather booths, flocked velvet wallpaper and stained glass chandeliers. In the lounge customers puff joints and use VapeXhale vaporisers at their tables. Inside a glass-walled “dab bar” they consume hashish via water-pipes, supervised by “budtenders”. Staff provide bongs, joint-rolling devices and “rigs” for wax smoking. What makes the scene at Barbary Coast Collective cutting edge is not the hardware, though; it is the fact that it exists at all.
When California legalised sales of recreational marijuana this year it was following in the footsteps of five other states. Its…
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