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Oregon chef cooks cannabis creations, hopes state will allow 'pot parties'




PORTLAND, Ore. (KATU) - In a small kitchen in Northwest Portland, Miranda Weigler and her team of chefs whip up treats ranging from caramel popcorn to pesto.

The recipes all include one thing: cannabis.

"I think about that pioneering spirit and going in to the unknown, figuring out how you're going to make it work," Weigler said of her new business in Oregon's budding legal marijuana market.

The company has its products available at dispensaries, but they're hoping to expand their business beyond people just taking their pot home.

"We can provide the consulting, the cooking, and the education to make sure that you do so in a safe, legal, comfortable way," Weigler said.

In its 2017 session, the Oregon legislature had looked to create a framework for social consumption companies, like Little House. But the bill didn't pass.

Weigler says she routinely works with the city of Portland's Office of Neighborhood Involvement to help her navigate the legal limbo surrounding what's allowed and what's not regarding marijuana.

But she adds having clear guidelines from the state would dramatically help her business.

"Have cannabis infused dinners so people can experience what it's like," Weigler said. "The difficulty is without social consumption, new consumers have to go to a dispensary to get their questions answered and go home where they still don't have those resources."

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