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Medical marijuana gets kosher okay in Canada

In first, Ottawa Vaad Hakashrut group grants kosher license to Hydropothecary Corp. on eve of Jewish New Year

Illustrative image of marijuana plant. (CC BY-SA Jennifer Martin, Wikimedia commons)
Illustrative image of marijuana plant. (CC BY-SA Jennifer Martin, Wikimedia commons)

MONTREAL — Canadian Jews were able to get halachically high for the High Holidays after a company became the first in Canada to obtain kosher certification for its medical marijuana.

The certification was granted by the Vaad Hakashrut, a kosher certifier in Ottawa, on the eve of Rosh Hashanah.

“According to the Torah, according to the Talmud, this is something that if we are able to help [sick people], that is my obligation,” the Vaad’s Rabbi Levy Teitlebaum told The National Post.

The Canadian company involved is Hydropothecary Corp., a medical marijuana producer based in Gatineau, Quebec, near Ottawa.

“As the only medical marijuana company in Canada with kosher-certified processed products, we take great pride in having the support of the kashrut council,” company CEO Sebastien St-Louis said in a statement.

In 2016, Montreal kosher certifiers said medicinal pot needed kosher certification because it is ingested, while certifiers in Toronto said it didn’t because it is being used as medicine.

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