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‘Stoned’-baked pizza? South African eatery can oblige

June 30th, 2019
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If you are keen on pizza but Regina, Margherita or Hawaiian are not your faves, you can aim higher with a South African eatery proud to unveil one featuring cannabis.

“We love to stay ahead of the curve and are extremely proud to be the first restaurant in SA to launch a cannabis pizza,” said Kinga Baranowska, founder of the Col’Cacchio chain in Cape Town.

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“We have always aimed to be innovative with our menu offering and provide our loyal fan base with the latest health positive trends,” Baranowska said.

“It is not going to make you high,” Mike Saunders, founder of the firm supplying the chain, told local media. “It is not going to make you giddy. But, by the end of your meal, you will start to feel the calming effects of CBD (cannabis oil).”

Customers wanting something more calming than traditional toppings can plump for a meat-free Green Goddess, featuring grilled zucchini, feta and fresh basil for 125 rand (over P400), or a Not-So-Plain Mary Jane with chicken, mushrooms and avocado dressing for 140 rand (about P500).

The chain has been able to embark on its new menu offerings thanks to recent amendments on regulations surrounding private cannabis use in South Africa.

Last September, South Africa’s constitutional court legalized cannabis consumption for personal use after a long debate similar to that in many other countries on whether to make the leap or not.

At the end of May, the government decided to legalize the consumption of cannabis oil to a daily maximum of 20 milligrams per person.

Lawyer Ricky Stone, a specialist in cannabis legislation, urged restaurants to tread carefully following the rulings.

“This is a relatively new area and there are still a lot of things which are not yet known and clear,” Stone said.

“For example, while the sale of CBD is now legal, it is limited to a daily dosage of 20 milligrams. So while you can buy a pizza, if you buy, say four, then you are consuming 80 milligrams which is illegal.” HM/JB

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