Three years ago, New Times boldly took your chicken where it had never gone before — namely, to the local head shop. Our "ganja jerk chicken" offered connoisseurs a way to get their THC fix and satisfy their munchies all in one convenient spot.
Now that recipe is going legit. Seattle resident Keith Cushner has included ganja jerk chicken and other weed-infused recipes on his new website, twotentwice.com (for the mathematicians out there, that's 420).
The site, which launched a little more than a month ago, is about all things weed-related. It includes a dispensary directory for Washington state — because recreational weed is legal there — and it also keeps track of what's going on in other states.
Cushner runs a marketing department for an online media company that concentrates on search engine optimization. He, along with a friend, created the website as a side project but hopes to turn it into a full-time thing.
Cushner's crew scoured the web for weed recipes for at least a year. He tried some of them, such as chicken noodle soup and even attempted to make weed ice cream.
"There's definitely some subjectivity to it," he says. "We went with the recipes we felt would be enjoyed by the most visitors on our site."
He hasn't yet tried New Times' contribution to culinary weed culture but says it's on his list of things to do. The inspiration for the weed recipes came from a party in Vale, Colorado (where recreational pot is also legal), which involved "every food imaginable" infused with THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, Cushner says. THC is the psychoactive chemical in cannabis that makes you high.
"You can go buck wild with food," he says, "whether it's in the butter or the milk. You can really play around with the potency. You can put it on everything."
But Floridians wouldn't know about that because recreational cannabis is illegal in the Sunshine State. Miami-Dade County recently decriminalized possession of marijuana, giving the cops the option to fine you $100 instead of throwing you in jail. In most parts of the state, however, possession can still land you jail time.
Florida has made some progress in legalizing medical marijuana. Last November, Gov. Rick Scott approved a strain of marijuana known as Charlotte's Web to be given to children who suffer from seizures and debilitating illnesses — which followed a statewide medical pot amendment that barely failed at the polls. The strain is mostly composed of cannabidiol, which doesn't get you high.
Cushner's website also keeps track of marijuana legalization efforts in all 50 states, including for medical purposes. With Oregon becoming the most recent state to legalize recreational marijuana and several states with pending legislation to do the same, Cushner believes he is seeing a trend.
He also believes that the South — which includes Florida — will be the last holdout to legalize even though there are bills running the gamut in legislatures that could legalize marijuana in the near future.
"The South is going to be a struggle," Cushner says. "The South is going to be the section of the country that doesn't reform nearly as quickly, but that's not surprising."
With marijuana being almost decriminalized in Miami, maybe we'll see some cannabis culinary creativity. We didn't think anyone would take our recipe seriously because, after all, we just made it up. But we're glad someone did.
In case you forgot the recipe, here it is:
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- A bunch of chicken legs, wings, thighs, breasts
- A few packets of premade jerk chicken marinade
- Hash oil and THC honey
Well, it's quite simple, really. First, fire up the grill to anywhere from 350 to 400 degrees. You can substitute the olive oil for hash oil and the molasses for THC honey. Mix the packets of jerk chicken marinade, hash oil, and THC honey in a big bowl; then transfer the chicken parts to the bowl, smothering them with marinade. Now toss 'em on the grill and cook to perfection. If you prefer an oven, preheat it to 350 degrees, place the chicken on a baking sheet, place in the oven, and cook for about 50 to 60 minutes.