The First Medicinal Marijuana Kitchen In The US Is Set To Debut In Tempe


The very first medicinal marijuana kitchen in the Untied States is set to open in Tempe!

The Mint Dispensary is launching the United States' first full-service medical marijuana kitchen in Tempe on Friday, Oct. 5. Patients with a medical marijuana card will now have access to freshly-prepared, marijuana-infused meals created by a professional chef.

Operator of one of the largest medicinal marijuana dispensaries in the US, The Mint Dispensary's state-of-the-art kitchen is part of their recent $2 million renovation and it will offer breakfast, lunch and dinner options in addition to snacks.

“Our industry continues to evolve at an exponential pace,” said CEO of The Mint Dispensary Eivan Shahara in a news release. “We saw a large unmet need from patients who were regularly visiting our dispensary; they were looking to access fresh and healthy cannabis-infused foods. We know that the right kinds of healthy foods can help people to battle a variety of illnesses, from cancer and epilepsy to Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases. We’re using our knowledge about food and nutrition to help patients in their search for fresh, healthy snacks and infused meals.”

The idea is to work with people who use medicinal marijuana for of course medical reasons and be able to help them use it in other ways than just smoking it. It's pretty interesting to see this happening!

Foods will be prepared during the dispensary's regular operating hours from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week.

Starting in mid-November, catering services at large medicated events, as well as occasions like weddings, birthdays and funerals will be offered. The dispensary also plans to offer home delivery and include specially-made holiday meals for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Eve/Day.

With all catering, medical marijuana cards will be needed for the number of people who will be served.

The Mint Dispensary will also hold free cooking classes on Sunday morning, starting around the holidays. Patients with a medical marijuana card must register ahead of time to attend a cooking class as space is limited to 15 people.

We will have to see how well the Mint Dispensary does to see if these kinds of restaurants will open elsewhere in the United States down the road. 

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