Social cannabis use is taking cues from the food and beverage industry. Marijuana-infused food pairings, like wine dinners, are becoming part of the overall cannabis experience. Under this scenario, chefs or caterers may be hired to prepare meals at private residences in accordance with the jurisdiction’s laws.
Of course, facilitators of cannabis dinners must be mindful of how the intoxicant may influence diners. They must understand how edibles are metabolized, and that the resulting intoxicating effect is different from smoking. If the cannabis dosage is not incorporated into the recipe in moderation, or if the food is improperly prepared, the meal can result in overdoses or foodborne illnesses, which could trigger potential liability.
Cannabis Food Safety
The popularity of cannabis-infused edibles may be an even greater food safety risk than catered dinners because of the number of consumers such products may reach. Companies recalling marijuana-infused edible products for ordinary food safety reasons has become a common practice. Such recalls have ranged from failing to meet packaging requirements to prevent foodborne illnesses to producing products found to contain potentially dangerous (to humans) pesticides, which are banned for cannabis cultivation. Other problems have resulted from erroneous or misleading labels that do not reflect accurate dosages, ingredients, or potency.