BY BECKY GRUNEWALD / PHOTOGRAPHY BY RACHEL VALLEY

There isn't much of a "back of the house" at Maalouf's Taste of Lebanon because owner Adbul Maalouf is always manning the grill behind the counter, clad in his customary bright orange Maalouf's T-shirt and his rapper-worthy gold chain with a cedar – the symbol of Lebanon – on it. He is a bear of a guy with a soft voice, and he invariably admonishes me that it's been too long since he's seen me (even if it hasn't been that long).

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BY NGAIO BEALUM / PHOTOGRAPHED BY JANINE MAPURUNGA

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Weed and food have a long and wonderful history together. And not just because "the munchies" have inspired countless food and flavor combinations (think about Ben and Jerry's ice cream, those dudes must've been high). Bhang lassi, a cannabis-infused yogurt drink, originated in India hundreds and hundreds of years ago and is still popular, especially during the festival of Holi. When used in moderation, marijuana-infused food can be a nice treat, and itmay even have a few beneficial properties as well. For many people with serious and chronic pain conditions, medical marijuana edibles, sometimes called "medibles," have been a blessing. There are people with insomnia who use pot instead of sleeping pills and folks who use cannabis foods to help with arthritis, MS, and other conditions. And some people just like to get high. A cannabis chocolate bar and a movie or concert go together very well.

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