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Pot Industry Opens New Market: Licensed Cannabis Restaurants

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by David Jagielski for the Motley Fool

(The Motley Fool) — Cannabis edibles are a growing segment of the market and are expected to reach $4.1 billion in 2022, combining Canadian and U.S. sales. In 2017, that figure was just $1 billion among the two countries. The segment is going to be key to the industry’s long-term growth.

Restaurants haven’t been able to take advantage of that growth since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has still not permitted cannabidiol (CBD) to be infused into food. While the FDA has held hearings on CBD, there’s no indication that changes are coming anytime soon.

One restaurant, however, has been able to get around that problem. Lowell Farms opened its doors earlier this month in West Hollywood, and it’s the first restaurant with a lounge licensed for cannabis use. Customers will be able […]

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