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If it’s been a while since your last trip to Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg, you may have noticed several surprising additions to the Parkway landscape.
While there’s always a certain level of expectation when it comes to new restaurants and attractions, something a bit more unexpected has been catching visitors’ eyes as of late: The addition of several stores freely advertising that familiar 7-pointed leaf luring in a different kind of audience. Namely, Cafe 420.
Which leaves one asking several poignant questions: When did that happen? Is that even legal here? What are they selling? Why is this article so vague? (More on that later.)
Below, we answer your most frequently asked questions about Cafe 420 and other stores like it and how they came to be in downtown Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge.
1. How is this legal?
Cafe 420 and stores like it started cropping up in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg in 2018.
Thanks to the Farm Act of 2018 certain, let’s call them leaf-adjacent products or “industrial” products, are now legal for consumption in the state of Tennessee for individuals age 18 and over.
Without getting too deep into the science jargon, it mostly comes down to the allowable percentages of of the psychoactive parts and properties of the plant and how the synthetic versions of those parts are manufactured.
To be blunt (get it), it’s a loophole.
2. What does Cafe 420 sell?
Cafe 420 and stores like it in Smokies sell exactly what you think they sell, more or less.
You might not find the same kind of goods that one might normally see in states like California or Colorado where the laws are considerably more lax, but you can walk in and purchase a wide variety of oils, things to smoke and other consumable products like candies and cookies.
It is however important to note, that this distinction is highly technical.
So before you light up and take a walk around the Parkway, when in doubt, familiarize yourself with the laws or better yet, enjoy these products from the comfort of your own cabin or hotel room.
3. Does it ‘work’?
Well, it depends on your definition of “work”. If you mean you want to make like a kite and you’re basically a lightweight, yes it “works”.
I know, I thought it was snake oil at first too, but as it turns out, those synthetics are, well … let’s just say science is an interesting thing.
Just do a search on this site for “cookie” for a full editorial experience on the topic.
4. Why is this article so vague?
We here at TheSmokies.com make our money with ads. And programatic ads don’t like leaf-related keywords.
So while we have written in much greater detail on the subject in other articles on the website which you can read here, we knew this particular article would attract better advertisers if we beat around the bush a bit.
My co-workers also dared me to write an entire article on the topic without those keywords, and I enjoy a challenge.
5. How do you contact Cafe 420? What is their phone number?
Cafe 420 is located at 745 Parkway, Suite 10 in Gatlinburg, TN. The store’s phone number is unlisted but you can get in touch by emailing them at [email protected].
They also have an online e-commerce store if you prefer to shop for your perfectly legal industrial synthetics at home rather than in-store.
At the time of this writing, you can even subscribe to their newsletter and they will e-mail you a coupon good for your first online purchase (terms and conditions may apply).
Have you ever shopped at Cafe 420 or a store like it in Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg? Let us know about your experience in the comments.