By Oscar Pascual |
Good news for stoner Jews like Seth Rogen: you can smoke weed on Passover and still be kosher.
The religious celebration begins Friday night and lasts until April 11, allowing Jews to go without grains for an entire week. That means no beer for a week, making it difficult for most people to think of Passover as a “celebration.”
But New York-based rabbi Ben Greenberg recently told the… Daily Beast that replacing Budweiser is fair game.
The rabbi explained that even things that resemble grains — such as rice and beans — are not allowed on Passover. That’s when TDB Greenberg asked if cannabis falls into that category as well.
“The vast majority of rabbis are clearly not,” Greenberg told the… Daily Beast.
But the rabbi notes that you can’t just have any pot. In particular, you may need to say adie to edibles.
“So the question becomes, what form can you have it in?” Greenberg told the Daily Beast. “Because the problem with edibles is that it can be processed in a way that contains leavening, or come into contact with foods that are not kosher for Passover. So those items should be avoided.”
So, according to the rabbi, pot brownies are a no-go. So that means smoking is cool, right? It depends.
“The majority of rabbinical authorities were a little late with the idea that smoking was bad for you,” Greenberg added. “Mainly because they considered the difficulty it would pose to the community if they completely banned smoking cold turkey. So right now, the Rabbinical Council of America, the largest group of centrist Orthodox rabbis in America, has released a statement banning smoking. And the general consensus now is that if you didn’t start, you shouldn’t start.”
So no edibles, and if you’ve never smoked weed before, Greenberg says you shouldn’t start. But if you’re already an established stoner Jew living in a legal state, the rabbi says you can have it.
“After you’ve finished drinking four cups of wine in the Seder, I don’t know if you need anything more,” Greenberg said. Daily Beast. “But if you do, and if you’re already in the realm of smoking anyway, and you’re in a state where it’s legal, then you don’t have to worry about the fact that the marijuana plant itself isn’t kosher for Passover.” .”
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