On Tuesday, some U.S. history done got made when the West Hollywood Business License Commission voted to allow local business Lowell Café become the first legal weed lounge in the country.

Lowell will offer a menu of edibles as well as flower and concentrates which customers can enjoy in an outdoor smoke/vape area.

The approval was unanimous, but that doesn’t mean everybody was happy about it. Rabbi Denise Eger has been outspoken in her opposal to the cafe. Not that she’s anti-weed or anything, but her synagogue is next door and she doesn’t want “smoke clouds of cannabis” all around her congregation.

In an email to the commission, Eger wrote, “We have no objections to people buying marijuana for their private use in their domains.” However, she also added, “We object in very strong fashion to this business.”

Eger opposed the business on several fronts. For one, she said that the operators behind Lowell Café lied to her when they said all consumption would take place inside. Cannabis smoke outside her synagogue will disrupt her attendees, she said, including small children and former addicts in 12 step recovery.

Lowell, for their part, appears to be sincere in its attempt to be a good neighbor to Eger. Kevin Brady, the cafe’s general manager told VICE that they have reserved the side of the business which is closest to the synagogue for “non-smoking cannabis” and have invested in a top of the line HVAC filtration system.

“We are respectful of the neighborhood and are committed to ensure any cannabis scent generated from our property doesn’t impact our neighbors,” Brady said. “We intend to show that an establishment which allows for cannabis consumption can be as great a neighbor as any other business. We welcome the concerns and support of the neighborhood as we know all of this is uncharted.”

Photo via Flickr user Fabio Sola Penna

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