America has certainly been a hot spot in the great marijuana debate, haven’t we? News stories covering the legalization of recreational and medical cannabis have generated a firestorm of opinions and announcements, especially from major players. Pepsi and Coca-Cola have proposed concepts for marijuana-infused beverages, and the State of California has announced plans for artisan marijuana production in wine country. So, in the latest spur of stories, reporters revealed that a Southern restaurant has opened a restaurant that provides edible forms of the drug. Let’s take a closer look at this new addition to marijuana news and see what impact it has had on the U.S. so far.

The Story

THE FIRST KITCHEN THAT SERVES EDIBLES HAS OPENED IN THE UNITED STATESBased in the city of Tempe, Arizona, the Mint Dispensary is the very first restaurant and kitchen to produce and serve edibles, treats that are infused with traces of cannabis. The building opened its doors on October 5, 2018, and only provides the foods for medicinal purposes. While mainly a kitchen, the Mint Dispensary also offers takeout services for patients with a viable card for medical cannabis. Customers can select from a variety of foods for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Besides the typical brownies or cookies, the restaurant’s products also include tacos, pizza, and salads (including low-sugar foods for diabetics). The Mint Dispensary also teased options for Thanksgiving and Christmas treats.

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Since it legalized medical marijuana in 2010, Arizona reported a boom in cannabis purchases. Recent studies have shown that 170,000 Arizona residents carry medical marijuana cards. In 2017, state dispensaries sold an estimated 419 pounds worth of edibles. However, the state has still not legalized recreational cannabis.

As part of its mission, the Mint Dispensary is aiming to provide a safe location offering low-priced, high-quality foods to its growing list of clientele. While providing the sweet treats more commonly associated with edibles (e.g. donuts, cakes), the company revealed its products only contain 10 milligrams of the cannabis plant.

Whatever benefits marijuana could hold, always remember that this is still a potentially addictive drug that can inflict mild to severe side effects on users.

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