Nosh Pit: Interest in cannabis cuisine reaches new high

Marijuana. It’s what’s for dinner.

It could come in the form of “pot” roast or a “rasta pasta” with cannabis-infused pesto. Or for those feeling a little too lazy to cook, a pre-made, pot-laced pizza can be baked in the time it takes to hear the first three songs on Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon.”

With marijuana legal for medicinal or recreational use in 23 states and Washington, D.C., interest in the herb and its culinary properties have reached a new high. The gourmet applications of marijuana are being mined by chefs and cookbook authors who are attempting to elevate cannabis cuisine beyond the batch of homemade pot brownies. In cities where recreational marijuana use is allowed, such as Seattle and Denver, restaurants promote pairing dinners featuring weed and food.

Here in Sacramento, a number of local chefs and culinary experts are experimenting with marijuana-based foods with an...

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