Tennessee's first-ever legal cannabis bar, restaurant opens in Nashville

FILE - In this May 5, 2015 photo, marijuana plants grow at a Minnesota Medical Solutions greenhouse in Otsego, Minn. Advocates for legalizing marijuana have long argued it would strike a blow for social justice after a decades-long drug war that disproportionately targeted minority and poor communities. (Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP, File)

Tennessee's first legal cannabis bar and restaurant, Buds & Brews, is now open in Nashville's Germantown.

"Join us for delicious food, beverages, and infused dipping sauces," the restaurant noted on social media Thursday, which was the day it opened.

The menu features "upscale bar fare," according to the restaurant's website.

Options include the "Buds Burger," a "Cannabis Club," a "Half Baked BLAT," as well as "Wake and Bake Tacos."

"All drinks, food & automatic side sauces by default do not contain any cannabis extract & are not cooked with cannabis of any kind," the menus notes. "Only Craft Cannabis labeled sauces and mock tails contain cannabis extract & are always served separate."

The restaurant also features newly released "Cannabis-Infused Beverage Coolers." A press release from Craft Cannabis said a Nashville-based producer and retailer released the items.

The coolers come in pouches that include the following flavors:

  • GrapeApe
  • LemonHaze
  • Sweet Tea OG Kush

Craft Cannabis offers sauces made with locally grown and extracted hemp-derived THC. Each sauce contains 5mg of THC in each jar.

The company notes that the products are state and federally legal and that persons must be 21 years of age to purchase or consume products. The state of Tennessee currently allows use for some cannabis products. There are competing bills in the Tennessee State Legislature for both legalizing marijuana as well as for banning the substance.

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