420 with CNW – First Medical Cannabis Kitchen Due to Open in Arizona

October 4, 2018 15:20:48

The Mint Dispensary in Arizona is scheduled to open the first medical cannabis kitchen in the United States. This kitchen will open its doors to the public on October 5. Customers can order breakfast, lunch, dinner or snacks at the kitchen. An espresso bar and a juice bar will also be open at the full-service kitchen.

However, only individuals who have a medical marijuana card issued by the state of Arizona will be welcome to the establishment from 8 am to 10 pm every day of the week, weekends inclusive. No consumption will be permitted on the premises in order to prevent patrons from driving under the influence of any psychoactive ingredient which may have been included in the meal ordered.

Mint Dispensary realized that there was an unmet demand for cannabis-infused wholesome meals since only prepackaged items were available on the market. This gap gave the dispensary CEO, Eivan Shahara, an idea of preparing fresh foods that can address the nutritional and medicinal needs of customers.

The food and beverages available at the kitchen will have varying concentrations of cannabis so that visitors can choose the concentration that is suitable for their medical needs as they enjoy a meal, snack or drink.

For breakfast, patients with medical cannabis cards can order Donut Holes, Blueberry Muffins, Banana Bread, Apple Fritters, Scones and other offerings. These can be bought as standalone items or combined with coffee.

For lunch or dinner, patrons can select from Street Tacos, Artisan Burgers, Fries, Pizza, Hatch Chile Macaroni and cheese among others.

Carylann Principal, the Executive Chef overseeing the kitchen, says that the meals will be outstanding since they will be at the intersection between science and art. Chef Principal is a cancer survivor who is passionate about providing wholesome food that is also medicinal.

As the cannabis industry continues to evolve at a fast pace, more offerings beyond what is currently planned for the cannabis kitchen at the Mint Dispensary will be introduced. For example, the kitchen intends to start making home deliveries somewhere in the near future in addition to providing “medicated” catering services for funerals, weddings and other special events.

It remains to be seen what sort of challenges this new service by the dispensary will face. For example, can they be held responsible in case a takeout meal is consumed by someone other than the holder of a medical marijuana card? Such scenarios may or may not have been discussed with the regulators prior to granting the establishment a license to open the kitchen.

Youngevity International, Inc. (NASDAQ: YGYI) and BLOCKStrain Corp. (TSX.V: DNAX) (OTC: BKKSF) must be applauding this bold innovative step taken by the team at Mint Dispensary.

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