In what can only be described as a big "Hey, look what we can do!" to the United States and its silly "War on Drugs," a Dutch restaurant chain will now offer cannabis mayonnaise for its French fries. This new dip won't get you high, but this weed-laden country doesn't seem to care too much.
"I had the idea because I smell the cannabis coming from the coffee shop opposite my chip shop in Amsterdam every day," said Albert van Beek, a Manneken Pis chip shop chain owner. "Coffee shops" are the Dutch stores where residents can purchase cannabis products.
In the Netherlands, mayonnaise is a much more popular dipping sauce for fries than ketchup or vinegar, and van Beek is simply looking to diversify the restaurant's wide selection of sauces.
While possession of cannabis in the Netherlands is still technically illegal, the Ministry of Justice is not allowed to actually enforce the law. The country adopted de facto decriminalization in 1976, with possession of up to 5 grams in a public setting or 30 grams in a private setting being essentially legal. It also considers cannabis to be a "soft drug," as opposed to the United States' classification of it as a Schedule I substance — which means that during a trip west across the Atlantic Ocean, cannabis goes from being "less harmful to health and society" to having no accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.
Manneken Pis' new mayonnaise will not contain THC, the component that gets one "high" when one smokes cannabis, but van Beek assured consumers that the taste — similar to hemp, which is federally illegal to grow in the U.S. but the products of which can be sold — will be worth it. They are also the first chain in the world to sell cannabis mayonnaise, so if anything, customers from around the world can partake in the experience of trying this unique product.