Marijuana news: Cooking with pot; poll reveals most Colorado voters who supported legalization would vote the same today
The New York Times explores a new and lucrative trend: cooking with cannabis.
The story, which tops the NYT’s most-emailed list, looks at how some trained chefs in Colorado and Washington are experimenting with adding marijuana to their cooking.
Staff writer Kim Severson highlights two challenges: It’s tough to control how high consumers get from edibles and marijuana isn’t tasty.
Still, what if chefs could develop a culinary canon around marijuana that tamed both its taste and mood-altering effects, and diners came to appreciate dishes with marijuana the way one appreciates good bourbon? Paired with delicious recipes and the pleasures of good company, cannabis cookery might open a new dimension in dining that echoes the evolutions in the wine and cocktail cultures.
“I am sure someone is going to grow some that is actually delicious and we’ll all learn about it,” said Ruth Reichl, the former editor of Gourmet magazine and a former New York Times restaurant critic. Who could have predicted that kale would be the trendiest green on the plate, or that people would line up for pear and blue cheese ice cream, she asked.
“Cuisine is a product of people who cook and the ideologies they bring into the kitchen and what they are able to do with the instruments they have on hand,” said Adam Gomolin, a lawyer and amateur chef who helped found the crowd-funded publishing company Inkshares.
A new poll shows most Coloradans who voted for marijuana legalization in 2012 wouldn’t change their vote, the Denver Post reports. The poll, done by SurveyUSA, also found that more than one-third of respondents felt legal marijuana has damaged the state’s reputation.
Reports Denver Post staff writer Kevin Simpson:
More than 90 percent of the respondents who voted in the 2012 election on Amendment 64 — the measure allowing adults to legally possess up to an ounce of marijuana passed 54.8 percent to 45.1 percent — said they would vote the same way today.
“I’d say there’s still a lot of work to be done, especially if the priority is to keep it out of the hands of children and away from drivers, to make sure people are not driving intoxicated,” said Dan Berlau, a 35-year-old poll respondent from Denver who voted for legalization and would do so again. “But despite those shortcomings, in general, people who worried the sky would fall have been proved wrong.”
In case you missed it, Oregonian staff writer George Rede reports on Oregon’s new marijuana law and what it means for the workplace.
And southern Oregon marijuana growers are gearing up for the upcoming session of the Oregon Legislature.
— The Oregonian