By Emily Jiannetto
Tennessee has some of the strictest cannabis laws out of all the fifty states (and territories) with medical and recreational marijuana both being completely illegal. However, federally legal hemp is allowed and one Nashville restaurant is taking advantage of this.
The very first restaurant serving cannabis-infused food has opened in Nashville, Tennessee. “Bud & Brews” opened to the public on July 28th (Langston). It seems like a typical American restaurant, serving similar food to a “Beef ‘O’ Bardy’s,” but this classic food is complimented by the addition of “hemp-derived” THC sauces, cocktails, and desserts (Langston). This is legal in Tennessee, despite the illegality of marijuana because of its hemp-derived nature. The opening of this business represents the growing acceptance of marijuana in the South, which is notoriously strict on the drug. It may also inspire other entrepreneurs to open up cannabis-themed businesses, if “Bud & Brews” is a success.
As brought up by Mayo Clinic, research indicates that marijuana has been associated with those diagnosed with depression. The conclusion that marijuana causes depression can’t be directly confirmed, as its evidence may be brought forth in contradiction, considering that it’s common for those struggling with depression to use marijuana to cope with symptoms (Hall-Flavin, 2018).
There’s a famous scene in Donnie Brasco where a gangster, played by Al Pacino approaches a man named Donnie in a bar and asks him to sell a diamond ring for him. Donnie, who’s known as “The Jeweler” takes all of two seconds to determine that the ring is in fact a fake or “fugazi” and cooly informs him that he wouldn’t be caught dead with such an obvious replica of the real thing.