While recreational marijuana will be legalized in Canada starting in July of this year, prepared edible cannabis products will not be greenlighted for at least another year but that’s not stopping one Calgary chef from getting a head start on bringing cannabis into the kitchen.
John Michael MacNeil, the executive chef of The Beltliner Diner and a self-described longtime cannabis advocate, is a champion of the health benefits and culinary uses of marijuana.
“When you taste raw cannabis, or even lightly roasted cannabis, it does have a little bit of a bitter taste to it,” explained MacNeil. “There’s different compounds that are found inside that can be comparable to some lightly dark roasted cocoa.”
“This is where kind of the recipes started to kind of churn into something special.”
MacNeil, who has a permit to possess marijuana under the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR), says cannabis will be a welcome addition