PHOENIX — The Mint Dispensary in Tempe, Arizona has the first full-service cannabis kitchen in the United States.
Patients possessing a medicinal marijuana card can purchase a warm meal customized with a dose of cannabis.
What does that mean?
The Mint Dispensary opened a state-of-the-art kitchen that features cannabis-infused breakfast, lunch, and dinner prepared by fresh on-site by executive chef Dororthy Lawson. 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 also 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 Dororthy Lawson is the new Director of Kitchen. According to Molina, she is a classically trained chef and culinary educator. With this background, she brings an unmatched understanding of how foods can and should be infused with cannabis nutritionally, while also being able to connect with patients. She meets their dietary needs and uses appropriate cannabis dosages based on their specific illnesses or conditions.
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.