Medical marijuana could soon get kosher certification in New York

Edible medical marijuana.
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Orthodox Jews looking for kosher medical marijuana may soon have several edible options to choose from.

Rabbi Moshe Elefant, COO of the Orthodox Union's kosher certification agency, told The Forward he has had "preliminary discussions" with companies looking to get his seal of approval for their products — although the plant itself doesn't need kosher certification, items that are ingested need to get the OK. Orthodox Jews need to have a doctor's directive to partake, as recreational use is frowned upon, but Elefant said because of the health benefits he "would not have a problem certifying" medical marijuana.

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