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Certified Kosher Marijuana Coming to New York

A Colorado company is working with rabbis to create legal, edible (and kosher) marijuana products

By: Ashley Baylen

Published: February 24th, 2015 in Culture » Society » News

The marijuana plant may be kosher, but why should Jews that follow strict kosher dietary laws be prohibited from eating marijuana edibles? Fear not, New York Jews, kosher-certified pot brownies might be coming to a city near you.

According to The New York Post, a Colorado-based firm with several marijuana factories reached out to Rabbi Moshe Elefant of the Orthodox Union, who runs a kosher certification program.

New York State recently passed a medical marijuana bill under the Compassionate Care Act.

“They know there are patients who are Jewish and follow the kosher dietary laws,” said Rabbi Moshe Elefant.

Representatives from the unnamed Colorado marijuana company flew to New York to discuss getting “kosher supervision” from Rabbi Elefant.

“We found it fascinating actually, and we believe there’s room for this in the world of kosher certification,” Elefant said.

The new act passed by Governor Cuomo permits people with debilitating ailments to consume medicinal marijuana, but not smoke it. Manufacturers will have to convert their marijuana into liquid or oil preparations, capsules, or “any other form and route of administration approved by the health commissioner.”

Rabbi Elefant did not specify what type of edibles the Colorado-based company was proposing, but he did explain that the company is confident they will be awarded the special permissions required by the regulators.

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