Mindy Segal showed off some fancy treats last Saturday. Segal, an award-winning pastry chef from Chicago revealed some treats that might include her signature style during the Professional Dispensaries of Illinois' Medical Marijuana Education Expo in Buffalo Grove.
She owns Mindy’s Hot Chocolate in Chicago and has offered to develop products specifically for the medical marijuana industry, becoming the first well-know chef to do so.
However, the fragmented marijuana laws around the country are hindering her progress somewhat. While she has been working in a small kitchen in Colorado for the time being, she can’t work in Illinois until Cresco Labs, builds a kitchen at its growing center in Joliet.
So far she has three distinct flavors lined up, a candied grapefruit and light chocolate; milk chocolate peanut butter brittle; and a dark chocolate with smoked almonds and caramel. The marijuana will be added in a tasteless oil mixed into the delicacies.
Segal wasn’t the only one showcasing her talents however. Elle Silverman, a specialist at PDI, was showing the crowd how to make infused butter and offered some advice: to go slow when eating edibles as the effects take longer to feel due to ingestion vs inhalation.
“The whole idea behind this is education,” says PDI COO Joseph Friedman who was on hand with CEO Dr Mark H. Mandel to answer questions from expo-goers.
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Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman Eugene Monroe won’t be on the next roster, and it may be for his advocacy for medical marijuana. Monroe’s January recovery from a shoulder injury inspired him to write about marijuana versus opioids, and donate $80,000 to medical marijuana researchers at both Johns Hopkins University and the University of Pennsylvania. His work, he tweeted, was all for his “brothers… the players that make up the team… our future health and wellness.”
Unfortunately, his offseason, offtopic efforts failed to impress the Ravens officials. In the days leading up to his release, attitudes from the organization led Monroe to wonder if his marijuana advocacy was to blame. Interestingly, his original questions were less about the drug, and more about overall NFL healthcare.
It is arguable that reviewing old drug testing policies is going to be a big trend in U.S. companies in the nearest future. If the weed is legal, and the job can be done safely under cannabis influence, why would an employer be concerned about marijuana consumption enough to spend money on drug testing?
Current situation is creating a whole lot of consequences, like people easily cheating on drug tests by adding water to their urine, or other people making money on ‘weed detox sets’ that claim to free your system of cannabis traces in just three days. More than 93% test negative, but employers continue testing. In most cases, we just avoid working for companies that drug test employees.