Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Baking edibles: California vs. Colorado

Posted By on Tue, Mar 5, 2013 at 3:23 PM

On Friday, BuzzFeed (your favorite work time-waster and mine) posted an article with an anonymous edibles baker in California, complete with a lovely spread of photos of the baker at work.

Author Emily Fleischaker followed the owner of Ruby Doobies, who works out of Los Angeles. While the cookies and cakes RD offers ring familiar with those of us in the Centennial State, the business side of her operation is decidedly different.

For one, RD has no website ("it's not considered wise to have one," the baker says, alluding to her reasons for anonymity) and she barters for her shake. Her products are also sold not with prices, but donations, since you can't make a profit off medical marijuana in California. All of this leaves RD on terribly precarious ground.

Like Colorado MMJ companies, the industry is inherently hazardous, from the lack of bank backing to the schism between state and federal laws. However, RD faces the added danger of a highly unregulated system. California MMJ is a somewhat underground industry as compared to that of Colorado, which is litigiously tracked from seed to sale.

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  • Moroccan Mazar Lamb, available in your home kitchen.

But you knew all that. And you may also know that Colorado's own Jessica Catalano is making edibles incredibly easy to do at home. When the Indy interviewed Catalano last July, she was just about to put the finishing touches on her cookbook The Ganja Kitchen Revolution, a treasure trove of recipes that include your basic sweets as well as medicated soups, entrees, drinks and breakfast items. Most notably, Catalano breaks down the self-medicating process with a precise dosing chart that converts THC and bud amounts to conventional kitchen measurements. You can now buy it here.

Meanwhile, RD's baker is still working out of her home kitchen 20 to 30 hours per week, and hopes to soon move on to savory edibles. If the response from a hundred BuzzFeed commenters from across the country means anything, she has the support of the people.

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