Kosher Medical Cannabis Certification in New York?

Dispensary owners in New York may have a niche customer base to tap when they open: Orthodox Jews.

The head of the Orthodox Union’s kosher certification agency said he wouldn’t have a problem certifying medical marijuana products and has had discussions with companies seeking a kosher seal of approval, according to the Jewish Daily.

Cannabis strains wouldn’t need the kosher designation, as plants in general aren’t required to be certified. But infused products would need certification for Orthodox patients to consume them.

Several cigarette and e-cigarette companies have been denied the kosher certification.

While medical marijuana is acceptable in the eyes of many Orthodox Jews, recreational cannabis isn’t. Some rabbis say rec is prohibited because it’s used for only a pleasurable experience, something to which Jews should not aspire.

While the Orthodox Union may certify MMJ as kosher, other Orthodox groups haven’t yet taken an official position on medical or recreational marijuana.

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5 comments on “Kosher Medical Cannabis Certification in New York?
  1. David Kimmel on

    On 7/12/13 Rabbi Eliyah Safarn, Vice President Communications and Marketing for OU agreed in writing to the idea of certifying medicinal cannabis based on a request made from my company, Vintage Foods Ltd.

    Interestingly we also contacted the USA Halal Chamber of Commerce Inc. and they denied our request as they viewed cannabis as an intoxicant and intoxicants are not permissible under Islamic law. We did try to explain to them the concept of CBD rich/low THC industrial hemp but they still wanted nothing to do with it.

  2. Seth Tyrssen on

    The kosher racket is exactly that — a racket. While originally established to insure quality foods, we now have kosher Tootie Frootie cereal, kosher syrup, kosher Coca-Cola … in fact, everything has been forced to pay into this extortion scheme. Avoid it, and stay free. Our orthodox Jewish friends will do just fine without it.

  3. DAVID Shepard on

    I have rarely seen such an ignorant and antisemitic comment on such a small issue as this.Just goes to show people will use lies and antisemitism to smear Jews. Kosher certification is not about quality.

  4. Bill Ziese on

    I was involved with having our hard-boiled eggs certified Kosher. The rabbi came from Brooklyn, 200 miles away. he checked our ingredients and said he has to turn on the boiler every morning. He would do so by telephone ignition. We would have to pay him every day. Sounds like a scam to me.

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