Cannabis cuisine is all the rage in major cities across the US. New York and Los Angeles have seen an upscale trend of private marijuana dinner parties that have made their way to the pages of the NY Times. Denver has its share of edible only dispensaries, and Seattle has an all out marijuana infused restaurant that features everything from pork sandwiches to peanut butter and jelly. With Canada pushing forward with legalization next year, where do infused restaurants and eateries fall into the plan?
New York and LA have always been at the forefront of trends, fashion and pretty much anything surrounding money. With cannabis culture spreading at an astronomical pace, it should be no wonder that these chic locales have been home to a rising phenomenon of marijuana dining clubs. With no laws on the books outlining the legalities of public infused dining, both city’s top chefs have organized their own unique way to showcase their skills in the kitchen as well as to show that cannabis in cuisine should not have the stigma that still seems to be attached to it. A quick online search will connect you with these cannabis infused dining experiences.
Seattle has seemingly been on the forefront of infused cuisine, having had its first marijuana restaurant open back in 2014. The Magical Butter food truck offered a fine dining experience in a mobile package. Now they have a full fledged restaurant right in the heart of Seattle. Denver has always been as liberal as it gets when it comes to all things marijuana. Places like Ganja Gourmet specialize in edibles and infused foods. You can find a wide variety of specialty edible stores, ganja and sushi, and infused candy makers. The demand for infused cuisine and specialty edibles is growing, the question is will Canada step forward and allow the trend to continue?
Canada has had its share of marijuana restaurants, however, none have been technically legal. As it stands, there has not been much clarification on public consumption. Some have suggested that marijuana will be allowed to be smoked anywhere that cigarette smoking is allowed. Does that mean that edibles will be allowed everywhere food is allowed? Ha, probably not, but the question is now out there and the government will have to come forth with some clarification. As we have just under a year for the legal marijuana program to roll out, the provinces and the federal government have plenty of time to come up with an answer. So far, the plans for legalization are following a very progressive path. It would be shocking if the government fails to come to a resolution on edibles and public consumption as it would be overlooking an enormous segment of the retail marijuana market.
Davie is a long time cannabis professional who has worked not only as a cultivator but in all aspects of retail cannabis. From budtender, to wholesale and retail management, and from harvester to advanced hydroponic specialist, Davie has been around the block more than once. Now residing in beautiful British Columbia, Davie now works with acres of greenhouses, producing some of the best buds in the country.