Anyone want a slice of cannabis pepperoni? As state lawmakers continue to grapple with recreational marijuana and its possible distribution to the public, a few culinary ideas may have emerged. Could New York State soon allow pizza and other cannabis-infused food products? as well as packaged edibles sold in local restaurants? Looks like the politicians are trying to get their act together on this one.
After all, there is already marijuana flavored chicken wings sold in New Jersey.
The New York Post reports that state lawmakers are considering whether restaurants will be allowed to serve marijuana products with their food. Aaron Ghitelman, spokesperson for the state Office of Cannabis Management, told the To post that there have been discussions on this very subject. However, he goes on to say, “the regulations regarding infused food products have not yet been published.”. So, it seems the answer is still up in the air. But hopefully soon.
Meanwhile, as officials continue to tweak the fine details, some of the most creative cooks have already garnished their dishes with additional green stuff.
When will we see dispensaries in New York?
Some in New York initially felt that the process of opening dispensaries statewide could continue until 2023 given all the levels of bureaucracy and red tape. Chris Alexander, executive director of the Office of Cannabis Management, said WNYT that he thinks we could start seeing some of these new businesses open in New York as early as late 2022. NBC says regulation of the state’s marijuana market could begin by summer 2022. The wait may not be as long as some predicted. Of course, many questions remain. For example, how far might a new clinic be from a school or church? Which cities and municipalities can register or withdraw?
Hudson Valley towns allow sale of marijuana
The following cities have voted to allow the sale of marijuana. This list is complete as of December 23, 2021. The municipalities have until 31/12 to finalize their decisions.
Weed legalized across the country?
As of April 2022, 18 states and the District of Columbia have legalized recreational marijuana. In early April, a bill, led by New York Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, passed the House that would legalize weed nationwide at the federal level. However, the chances of the bill passing the Senate remain quite low, according to CNBC.