Flavor experiment: Wash. farmer feeds pot to pigs

Posted at 6:44 AM, Jun 27, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-27 02:53:17-04

SNOHOMISH, Wash. (AP) — Seattle residents can now have marijuana pork chops on the dinner table.

Bolstered by the legalization of recreational marijuana in Washington state, pig farmer Jeremy Gross and Seattle butcher William von Schneidau began feeding pot excess earlier this year to hogs. It is part flavor experiment, part green recycling and part promotion.

The meat, though, won't get people high.

While the passage of recreational marijuana inspired the experiment, Gross and von Schneidau get the marijuana excess — roots, stems, and other part of the plant that are grinded and not used for consumption — from a medical marijuana dispensary.

They sell their "pot pig" cuts at von Schneidau's butcher shop in Seattle's Pike Place Market at a premium price — bacon is $17 a pound while chops go for $16.90 a pound.