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You Can Now Get Marijuana-Smoked Turkey

A sandwich with chicken, tomatoes and avocado on a white plate.

A sandwich with chicken, tomatoes and avocado on a white plate._SCALEDOwner Ed Janos at Cook’s Fresh Market in downtown Denver has always wondered what his house turkey would taste like if it were smoked with marijuana rather than more traditional ingredients.  When one of his customers brought him some marijuana stalks, he got to try it out himself.

Now, Cook’s Fresh Market is serving weed-smoked turkey as a temporary menu item.  After brining the turkey with sugar, salt and spices for several days, he smokes it at a low temperature for 6 hours.

The result, Janos said, is much better than he expected.

“I was really surprised.  It didn’t smell like marijuana burning, it had a sweet aroma, like a cherry wood and it was absolutely delicious.”

While he doesn’t have plans to make this dish a permanent item on the menu, he has still been enjoying serving it to his customers so far:

“People are smiling, giggling.  Some people are afraid to try it.  Some people are like, wow, this is really good.  So it’s — people are kind of surprised, and they’re talking about it.”

Janos says he doesn’t think there’s anything illegal about selling the item.  He plans to use marijuana-smoked turkey as a item for the special menu, and says he’ll probably smoke another turkey in a month or so.

If getting high with lunch or dinner doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, don’t worry.  Janos explains that he doesn’t think his customers can get high from the meal:

“As far as I know, there’s no THC or anything in the stalk.  I tasted a couple of slices and didn’t feel anything, so I don’t think you can get high from it.”

So unless Janos gets a knock on the front door from the police with a warning that he can’t sell the item, you might be lucky enough to try his marijuana-smoked turkey if you’re ever in the neighborhood.”

Mac Jackman