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Is a Canadian company developing cannabis-infused pizza sauce?

By Richard Mccallum     Aug 21, 2014 in Food
Vancouver - The latest foodie trend adds weed to the pizza pie equation. Is "Weed Pizza" coming to Canada by way of Colorado? Here's what you need to know.
FoodBeast's Isai Rocha recently reported that Denver's Unique Pizza and Subs Corps are creating a pizza specifically designed for consumers of medical marijuana, which would utilize a cannabis infused oil extract.
In an interview with the Denver Post Unique Pizza and Subs Corps president and CEO James Vowler revealed that his company is creating the new product with Colorado's marijuana infusion chefs at the request of his company's largest shareholder, who is at this time an unknown Canadian.
The news is timely as British Columbia's Court of Appeals has ruled that it is unconstitutional to stop licensed users of medical marijuana from ingesting food items with cannabis-infused oils which are now commonly known as edibles.
"It started off as an idea." said Vowler.
" You'd have to can the sauce.... the idea was we'd take our sauce and add the liquid marijuana into it. It would have to be canned within the states it is legal."
"This marijuana thing was just a side thing we wanted to look into because of this gentleman in Canada. We are entertaining that idea, but again we are family-oriented and I'm not sure if the marijuana pizza fits into our mold or not."
According to Yahoo Finance, the company will also investigate the possibilities of utilizing its award-winning sauce infused with cannabis oil into a line of Signature pre-frozen pizza — to be sold through approved dispensaries in states which allow its use.
"With the development of our Signature line of exceptional quality frozen pizzas and the Cannabis infused custom sauce we will continue to lead our industry in innovative product design." Vowler concluded.
Perhaps one of the very first chefs to publish recipes for infused cannabis oils was HIGH TIMES late chef and personality Chef Ra whose monthly columns in in the 70s and 80s titled "Chef Ra's Psychedelic Kitchen" expounded upon the culinary complexities of mixing gourmet dishes with a dash of cannabis.
Pizza as we know it today in North America is widely based on the Napoli model. It seems that historians are still divided on the origin of the word. Many seem to think that it originated with the Greek bread known as pita; a flat-bread often topped with various ingredients such as oils, herbs and cheese subsequently heated.
One urban legend has it that the Pizza Margherita was created when Neapolitan Raffale Esposito was commissioned by the representatives of the royal house of CapoDimonte to create a special banquet for the visiting Queen Margherita. One of his pizzas utilized the three colors of the Italian flag: White(cheese),Red(tomato), and Green (basil). The legendary meme now claims it as the namesake for that pizza delicacy, although foodie historians are still arguing about that.
Following World War II many returning veterans developed a craving for the savoury dish which was often composed of pantry items and leftovers in its Italian homeland. Before long every urban center where Italian immigrants and veterans had ensconced boasted a local pizzeria.
In the 50's the pizza was adopted by University and college students as a quick cheap snack and during the 60's the pizza revolution exploded along with the youth movement.
According to Pizza Facts 3 billion pizzas are sold in the US and it is a $30 billion industry.
On March 29, 2014 The CBC reported that Vancouver's Mega- iLL Pizza was serving a cannabis oil extract on its gourmet pies for medical marijuana card holders.
In the article Mega-iLL owner Anthony Risiling said,
"Basically we infuse it through an oil extraction process, where we drizzle the oil onto the pizza and it medicates you while you eat it. It's a little different from smoking it. It takes about a half hour to activate."
Mr Risiling credits the technique as one he learned while visiting the Happy Pizza restaraunt in Cambodia.
Since the CBC article Mega-iLL had stopped serving the cannabis infused oil, but when he was adding the cannabis infused oil it was a $10 added specialty item.
The current Canadian law concerning marijuana possession dictates that anyone caught with 30 grams or less of the herb could be fined up to $1,000 or face six months in jail.
So if you don't have a medical user's card you may wish to stick to oregano.
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