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New York City Considers Giving Eateries Right to Sell Cannabis Infused Foods

Updated: Sep 24, 2022



With New York legalizing Cannabis in 2021, many of the usual questions are coming up, as well as some that may be more unusual. The Empire State is weighing a Bill that would allow eateries, such as the city's famous pizzerias, the ability to purchase a license to allow for the sale of Cannabis infused edible products in the store.


For those who don't know, foods can be easily infused with cannabis, so long as they have at least one ingredient that is high fat carrying (for example, butter, olive oil, cheese, etc). This is because Tetrahydrocannabinol (TCH) binds well with fats when placed under heat. This means that it is very easy for eateries to put this into practice once it is legalized.


It would be fun, arguably safer than drinking, and a huge money maker for the restaurants, who are struggling as a whole right now.


There are, of course, challenges with this idea.


Firstly, pizzas are a food which is often shared, particularly among groups and families. Since New York's recreational pot laws only allow for those over the age of 21 to partake in smoking or otherwise ingesting the scheduled substance, no sharing a medicated pizza with the kids.


Secondly of course, is accountability. How do we know who is driving the car home? How do we make sure their food is cannabis free? Are kids allowed into the facilities at all? Or is it treated like a bar?


There is certainly a lot to consider, but this would be a landmark bill in the United States, the first of its kind if it passes.


Source: New York Post

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