Passover begins tonight, April 3, and continues through April 11, which means that a large portion of the Jewish population won’t be consuming anything made with grains. While beer and liquor drinkers may be out of luck, those who smoke cannabis are in the clear.
New York City-based rabbi Ben Greenberg, who was head of a Denver-based synagogue when the state of Colorado legalized marijuana, explains that “there are really two different layers of prohibitions during passover. One of them is specific to the Ashkenazi Jew community, and the other one is the biblical prohibition, which is that you can’t have any leaven—no grains. The additional layer of prohibition is that European Jews, about a hundred years ago, added that you can’t have anything that might look like a grain. So they don’t eat beans or rice on Passover.”