New to Elmhurst: Kosher Medical Cannabis

Vireo Health will be located at 89-55 Queens Blvd. (Photo by Bill Parry via Times Ledger)

Vireo Health will be located at 89-55 Queens Blvd. (Photo by Bill Parry via Times Ledger)

The first medical marijuana dispensary to open in Queens will also boast the title of being the first in the world to be certified as kosher by the Orthodox Union, reports Times Ledger’s Bill Parry.

Vireo Health of New York, which will be located in Elmhurst, stated that its products will have the trademarked “OU” symbol on medical marijuana products.

“Being certified kosher by the OU will not only help us serve the dietary needs of the largest Jewish community in the United States, but also combat unfortunate stigmas associated with medical cannabis,” Vireo Health of New York CEO Ari Hoffnung said. “This announcement sends an important message to New Yorkers of all faiths and backgrounds that using medical cannabis to alleviate pain and suffering does not in any way represent an embrace of ‘pot’ culture. Patients should never feel guilty or ashamed for using a product recommended by their physicians.”

Go to Times Ledger to read about the process OU took to certify the items as kosher.

Meanwhile, according to a Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA) story published in The Forward, the Kashruth Council of Canada said this kind of certification is not needed. Not all kashrut agencies agree though.

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