Video shows Rosenberg's Bagels & Deli in Denver making marijuana-infused salmon in deli's kitchen

Inspectors issue warning, find deli clean of pot

DENVER - A video posted on YouTube shows a Denver deli baking more than bagels in its kitchen.

On April 20, Rosenberg's Bagels and Delicatessen made a marijuana-infused salmon for a private 420 party. Once the Denver Department of Environmental Health saw the video, a food inspector visited the restaurant at 27th Avenue and Welton Street in Five Points.

"A regulated food establishment is not allowed to prepare marijuana foods in their kitchen," said Danica Lee, food safety section manager for the Denver Department of Health. "We did issue a cease-and-desist order to make the facility understand that they cannot do that any longer."

The YouTube video shows where science meets cooking, as a salmon is infused with marijuana, then put in the kitchen's smoker.

"We certainly did check to make sure that they had cleaned the equipment properly and taken care of the issue, and that they're aware of what they can and can't do moving forward," said Lee. "It is important that even when a facility is closed and not operating that they're not doing anything in that kitchen that's in violation of the food code."

"We took our deep clean, which uses both bleach and heavy duty oven cleaner, and scrubbed every aspect of the oven, as well as did a high-temperature burn," said Rosenberg's owner Joshua Pollack.

Pollack spoke with 7NEWS shortly after a food inspector came by to make sure there was no more pot baking going on.

"The store was completely shut down because we're closed on Mondays. None of it was sold. I was all for private consumption. Everyone was 21 years or older," said Pollack. "Nothing here is infused. We don't sell any infused products."

He said the literally "smoked" salmon was a hit and he's now trying to find a legitimate operation to do the cooking.

"We had already been in conversations with medically-infused kitchens and if we ever do it again, it will be in one of their kitchens," said Pollack. "Nothing in the store ever, that when the public would be in here, would be infused with marijuana."

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