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It’s some sort of societal pivot when marijuana product producers seek certification from kosher inspectors.

It’s a good marketing idea for budding weed producers here in Vancouver — the coveted kosher certification as a useful way to distinguish your product in a crowded marketplace.

Rachel Adams writes in the New York Times.

As legalization of medical marijuana has hopscotched the nation, entrepreneurs have become nothing if not imaginative: Marijuana lotions, gluten-free edibles and many other niche products have hit the market. Businesses have also found resourceful ways to deal with a patchwork of taxation, banking and interstate commerce issues.

Little about the fledgling industry, then, comes as a surprise. But kosher pot?

Well, business is business, whether it’s widgets or weed, and any bit of competitive advantage is welcome.

“You’re seeing companies looking for creative ways to distinguish themselves, but also just interesting ways to appeal to different types of consumers,” said Taylor West, deputy director of the National Cannabis Industry Association.

Canadians are moving slowly along the path to some sort of legalization of cannabis beyond the medical.  Amusingly, given the shenanigans of the last many years, some of the impetus for legalization came long ago from the Federal Senate.

Senate Committee recommends legalization of cannabis 

OTTAWA, September 4, 2002 – The Senate Special Committee on Illegal Drugs today released its final report on cannabis.  In an exhaustive and comprehensive two-year study of public policy related to marijuana, the Special Committee found that the drug should be legalized.  The 600 plus page Senate report is a result of rigorous research, analysis and extensive public hearings in Ottawa and communities throughout Canada with experts and citizens.

“Scientific evidence overwhelmingly indicates that cannabis is substantially less harmful than alcohol and should be treated not as a criminal issue but as a social and public health issue”, said Senator Pierre Claude Nolin, Chair of the Special Committee, in a news conference today in Ottawa.  “Indeed, domestic and international experts and Canadians from every walk of life told us loud and clear that we should not be imposing criminal records on users or unduly prohibiting personal use of cannabis.  At the same time, make no mistake, we are not endorsing cannabis use for recreational consumption.  Whether or not an individual uses marijuana should be a personal choice that is not subject to criminal penalties.  But we have come to the conclusion that, as a drug, it should be regulated by the State much as we do for wine and beer, hence our preference for legalization over decriminalization.”

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Thanks to Gable, Globe and Mail