Waterford's 'cannabis café' cleared to re-open following plant testing
Waterford's Blooms Cafe on John Street in the city has been given the all-clear to sell cannabis following Garda testing.
The cafe made headlines earlier this year after becoming the first premises in Ireland to sell real buds of marijuana to customers, although smoking is not permitted on the premises.
The cannabis sold in the café, which can be added to coffee and other drinks, contains high levels of cannabidiol (CBD) for relaxation and stress relief, but is below a THC content level of 0.2%, which is required by law.
This technically makes it legal, although the café reports that in late October, their CBD plants were taken by gardaí for testing.
The café received the news earlier this week that they are now permitted to start selling their controversial products again in Waterford. thus making it legal under EU regulations in Ireland.
In a post to their Facebook page, the café said: "After a long and painful 5 weeks that almost resulted in permanent closure of our lovely little cafe - more on this later - we are elated to be able to back our beautiful CBD hemp flowers/buds."
"Our best selling hemp variety Strawberry Cough is now available to purchase on our website. We expect this to sell out fast so be sure to get yours before it's gone!"
The café reopens on Saturday morning, December 1.