- According to the New York Post, Empire State officials are weighing plans that would allow pizzerias and other restaurants to sell cannabis-infused foods.
- However, restaurants with liquor licenses are prohibited from also offering cannabis products, which will harsh the buzz for many New York City operators for sure.
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Just when you thought pizza couldn’t get more edible, New York State is giving serious thought to letting restaurants offer cannabis-infused fare, according to the New York Post.
The tabloid reports that Aaron Ghitelman, a spokesman for New York’s Office of Cannabis Management, has confirmed that the prospect has been discussed. If it’s approved, restaurants with the proper license could offer pot-laced pizzas to anyone under the age of 21.
But, hey, man, don’t think of your local pizzaiolo as your dealer just yet. “The regulations regarding infused food products have not been released yet,” Ghitelman said.
Labeling of foods containing cannabis and the portions used would almost certainly be required, and restaurants that already serve liquor would not be allowed to offer weed as well. That means a large number of eateries would automatically be excluded, the Post notes, harshing the buzz for many New York City operators.
New York legalized recreational marijuana last year, and the state will begin issuing licenses to sell it this fall.
State Sen. Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) helped write New York’s cannabis law. She said cannabis-infused food wasn’t included in the bill, but it wasn’t explicitly forbidden either.
The New York Post says some pizzerias have already started experimenting with cannabis oils in their tomato and pesto sauces in anticipation of the new rules.