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Crown Heights peanut butter connection

Posted on April 2nd, 2015 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , .

New York CityWhen Brooklyn neighborhood website CrownHeights.info reported on April 1 that a kosher grocery store in the Jewish enclave had received in the mail 10 bags of cannabis hidden in vacuum-sealed plastic containers of peanut butter—well, we thought it was an April Fool joke. But the source was the previous day's New York Post, and it looks pretty legit. The grocery, Kahan's Superette on Kingston Ave., apparently reported the find to the police. "Wrong delivery address results in the seizure of 10 large bags of marijuana wrapped in peanut butter," the 71st Precinct tweeted, along with a photo of the gooey mess. "I have no idea where it came from. It was just dropped off," a worker at the store told the Post. The store sells such fare as kosher chicken, bagels, cream cheese and fresh salmon, according to its Facebook page. Nobody seems to have asked if Kahan’s had ordered a shipment of peanut butter—maybe to make peanut butter macaroons for the upcoming Passover holiday.

CrownHeights.info recalls that a similar incident occurred at a different Kingston Ave. shop—Crown Kosher Meat—almost exactly two years ago, when the owner received a Fed Ex delivery of over 25 pounds of "distribution grade marijuana."

Crown Heights is a neighborhood where orthodox Jews and Afro-Caribbeans co-exist—for the most part peacefully, though there were violent riots there in 1991. We're glad the cops aren't treating the owners of Kahan's Superette as suspects, but we can't help but wonder if they would have the same attitude if the pot had arrived at a Black-owned business. In any case, a cannabis Peanut Butter Connection is a much more positive vibe than the "Pizza Connection" that brought massive amounts of heroin into New York City back in the '80s...

Cross-fertilization between Crown Heights' Rasta and Hasidic cultures might be giving someone the idea for peanut butter macaroons with an extra kick. Certainly Judeo-stoners like Rabbi Haim Rosenblum have been openly incorporating cannabis use into the Passover seder. However, there is much controversy among Jewish scholars as to whether the sacred herb is kosher for Passover.

Cross-post to High Times

 

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