A downtown café that uses ingredients and products made from cannabis plants wants to open in the evening.
The Hemp Room Cafe at 44 Upper Craigs has been operating for around 18 months.
As part of the building permit approved by the Stirling Council in November 2019, however, a condition was added to limit the operating hours to Monday through Saturday between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Now owner Claire Watson wants to open until 11 p.m. and has submitted an application to the city planners to remedy the original condition.
In the documents filed with the application, agents from Ms. Watson said: “Since opening, the cafe has proven popular with the local community but is currently less busy due to the circumstances currently affecting the hospitality industry.
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“Due to the strong customer interest, our customer would now like to extend the operating hours beyond those listed in Condition 1 of the permit in order to allow an opening until 11 p.m. in order to better serve the existing customer base and possibly acquire more customers who would otherwise would do work during the current opening hours.
“We acknowledge that the condition was imposed due to neighbors disturbance concerns, but Upper Craigs has a significant amount of late night activity.
“The majority of this space will also be licensed, which The Hemp Room does not currently have.
“The hemp room will continue to be operated as a small café that the owner or a manager can visit at any time. At no time will unruly customers leave the premises and the premises are completely closed to avoid further restrictions on noise escaping from the building.
“There were no known incidents of noise pollution while the café was in operation, and the extended opening hours will follow the same work practices that have managed to avoid noise pollution since it opened.”
Before the opening, Ms. Watson had said that she believed the cafe would be the first in Scotland to use cannabis plant ingredients and products, and offer people the option of food made with hemp oil and cannabidiol (CBD) oil to try displaced drinks. She also planned to sell CBD oils from the premises.
Hemp and CBD are both legal components of the cannabis plant. Hemp is a strain of the cannabis sativa plant species, while CBD is one of about 113 identified cannabinoids in cannabis plants and accounts for up to 40 percent of the plant extract. Neither CBD nor hemp contain psychoactive properties that would give a user a “high”. It is claimed that using products made from the cannabis plant can help reduce stress and anxiety, reduce inflammation, pain, and promote restful sleep.
The planners are expected to make a recommendation for use in due course.