Straight off the cooling rack, the pie hit all the right notes. Its filling was gooey and sweet, full of chewy chunks of apple, its Dutch-style crust crumbly and buttery, with pleasant herbal overtones. This pie wouldn't have been out of place at a family picnic or Thanksgiving dinner -- if not for the fact that it was packed to the rim with marijuana.
We'd decided to bake a weed-infused pie in order to do our bit for the upcoming Denver County Fair. Inspired by Colorado's legal-weed wave, earlier this year the fair announced it would have a pot pavilion that put a stoner spin on traditional county fair festivities, complete with Grateful Dead karaoke and a prize for the best marijuana plant. In the months leading up to the fair, the buzz around the pot component grew big enough that organizers axed a planned beer pavilion and doubled the area devoted to cannabis.