PHOENIX — According to the Associated Press, Arizona voters overwhelmingly passed Prop 207 this month to legalize the possession and usage of recreational marijuana. The Mint Dispensary in Tempe, Arizona is taking advantage of the drug's popularity with their latest concoction: cannabis-infused turkey gravy for the non-traditional Thanksgiving spread.
While Prop 207 has passed, the state has not yet officially legalized recreational marijuana.
Therefore only patients possessing a medicinal marijuana card will be able to purchase a warm Thanksgiving meal customized with a dose of cannabis now through Thanksgiving Day. The featured sides include cranberry sauce, cornbread, and -- of course -- gravy. Each dish has a dosage of 250 mg with the total dinner measuring 1,250 mg. Only 60 of these customizable to-go meals will be assembled and the first 40 to place an order will receive a free (non-infused) frozen Butterball turkey. Pre-orders are encouraged because the promotion runs until supplies last. The Mint Dispensary will be open on Thanksgiving Day from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
If you want to purchase the package of Thanksgiving sides, it will cost you $100. They will not be sold individually. The 2020 holiday dinner comes with gravy (16 oz.), cranberry sauce (16 oz.), cornbread (6x8), pumpkin-cream-cheese-ginger-snap roll (6x4) and garlic herb butter in 6 portions.
CAUTION: Police are warning the public that even though Prop 207 passed, it is still not in effect. Smoking weed without a medical marijuana card is still illegal until that happens.
Thanksgiving is the second-busiest week of the year for most dispensaries -- right behind April 20, per the Mint Dispensary.
During COVID-19, medical marijuana dispensaries have been considered essential businesses in Arizona.
ABOUT THE MINT CAFÉ:
The Mint Dispensary in Tempe, Arizona opened the first full-service cannabis kitchen in the United States last fall.
What does that mean?
The Mint Dispensary added a state-of-the-art kitchen that features cannabis-infused breakfast, lunch, and dinner prepared by fresh on-site by executive chef Carylnn Principal. Just want a snack? You can grab one of those as well. The kitchen offers a full menu of pizza, pasta, artisan burgers, street tacos, fries, and other cannabis-infused meals for patients to pick up and consume on the go. Also on the premises, you will find a juice bar, barista, gelato, and a pastry counter. You can find the full menu at themintdispensary.com.
Doses of cannabis?
The meals and snacks are prepared with a range of doses available from 10 mg and up. "This is a tolerance thing. For someone who doesn't smoke, they will be able to take 10 mg to 25 mg doses and it will get them a normal high," stated Raul Molina, Marketing Director and Chief Operations Officer.
Hours of operation and catering?
Chef Principal and her five-member staff dish up goodies during the dispensary's regular operating hours -- 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. The Mint Dispensary offers catering services for larger medicated events like birthdays, weddings, and funerals. Everyone in the respective party will need to present a medical cannabis card upon delivery.
Chef Carylann Principal is a classically-trained chef and cancer survivor. She created all of the recipes for the dispensary and is looking forward to sharing her nutritional knowledge with others who are fighting similar battles.
When the holiday season begins, The Mint Dispensary will hold free cooking classes on Sunday mornings. Class sizes will be limited to 15 people. Patients with a medicinal cannabis card will be required to register ahead of time online.