Culinary and Cannabis Food and Wine Festival Hammered a Nail in the Pot-Stigma Coffin

Nearly 30 cannabis companies and 200 eager guests gathered over the weekend at the Venue at Three Petals in Huntington Beach for Culinary and Cannabis—OC’s first marijuana-infused food and wine event. The concept was to showcase that it’s possible to use cannabis in gourmet meals without lessening the integrity of the food. But it also extended to more than just solid foods. There were vendors handing out cannabis beverages including CBD wine and effervescent mineral CBD water. Vendors sold eggless, pre-made medicated cookie dough, offered sign-up forms for marijuana subscription boxes, and handed out samples of cannabis infused topical products. 

The celebration kicked off with a cooking competition. 10 chefs created an array of dishes, from medicated pizza, to vegetable and fruit stuffed pastries to seafood, while three judges tasted every plate. A young female host announced the competition to those watching. "There's 170 mg of THC in that plate,"...

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