Friday, January 27, 2012

Still no homemade edibles for patients

Posted By on Fri, Jan 27, 2012 at 7:29 PM

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Though growing your own marijuana, then grinding it down into a powder and infusing butter with it, and then making anything that uses butter as its fat — brownies, most popularly — is always an option for the average MMJ patient, it's a hell of a process, starting with Step 1.

So, of course, most people who desire such sweetness shop at centers, were infused products created by wholesalers in commercial kitchens which've undergone inspection by El Paso County are available. On the upside: Instant goodness. Downside? The mark-up; most edibles start in the five-dollar range, meaning low-income patients who don't want to inhale smoke probably can't purchase as much medication as they could if they were buying the green.

If you were hoping the rules would change in the near future, allowing you to buy infused products from a caretaker — or even just a generous friend who doesn't mind futzing around in the kitchen — a new rule affirms the original ban.

Here's the website Food Safety News, from its report on a related topic:

After home bakers organized on Facebook and went to the state capitol bearing tasty treats Thursday, a Colorado House committee gave its unanimous support to a cottage food bill. ...

The bill does erect one barrier. It prohibits homemade products that are "infused with medical marijuana." Many of Colorado's thriving medical marijuana outlets currently sell a wide variety of food products, but apparently those are prepared in commercial kitchens.

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