Meet Canada’s only certified kosher cannabis producer

Roughly 1.5 percent of the Canadian population is Jewish. Up until last month, however, there was no way for them to access medical marijuana that complied with their belief system. In other words, there was no kosher cannabis.

Enter the Hydropothecary Corporation, Quebec’s only licensed cannabis producer and Canada’s first licensed producer to offer kosher-certified cannabis. The Gatineau-based company announced on Sept. 20 that it had been granted kosher certification by the Ottawa Vaad HaKashrut, a not-for-profit group that confirms products conform with Jewish dietary law, which prohibits foods like pork.

The certification – which covers the company’s Decarb, Elixir and H2 products – requires several steps, including an audit of cleaning protocols, a kosher compliance review and on-site inspections throughout the year.

Hydropothecary founder and CEO Sebastien St-Louis said the decision was made in the interest of “giving a breadth of products to our consumers.”

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