It has been just over two years since the state of Colorado legalised cannabis use and the two-and-a-half-hour cannabis cookery class I’m attending at an upscale eatery in Denver is booked out for weeks.
Students such as Roz and Rachel fly in from all over the US to learn how to embrace the ultimate herb and how to cook with it.
Colorado has issued more than 350 edible marijuana licences but those holding them – for both recreational and medicinal purposes – are light years ahead of the stereotyped stoners baking hash cakes.
High-profile chefs have been drawn to the challenge – including Chris Lanter – owner and head chef of Cache Cache – the top restaurant in America’s glitziest ski resort Aspen and Hosea Rosenberg who won Top Chef a hit cooking show.
The Ganja Kitchen Revolution a gourmet cookbook by Coloradan chef Jessica Catalano became an Amazon bestseller when the state first legalised marijuana and is now the go-to book for aspiring cannabis chefs.