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San Francisco's foodies are bringing new tastes and sensibilities to eating marijuana

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PHOTO BY BEN HOPFER

"The idea is we can be helping an edibles producer or a tincture maker quantify the cannabis in the product," said Anna Ray Grabstein, CEO of Steep Hill Laboratory in Oakland, which tests cannabis and related products for strength and purity. "They're able to use that information to create consistency in their recipes."

It's been difficult to meet the rising demand given the current legal framework.

"Yes, we would love to scale up. I'd love it if more people had access to our product. We'd love to sell it outside of California," Jay said. "But it's tricky because there's so many gray areas,"

Larry Kessler is the program manager for the San Francisco Department of Public Health's Medical Cannabis Dispensary Inspection Program, which reviews the procedures of edibles makers and requires those who work with one than one dispensary to get a certified food handler license from the state.

"We just want to make sure they know what they're doing," Kessler told us.

San Francisco has some unique rules, banning edibles that require refrigeration or other special handling, granting exceptions on a case-by-case basis. Unlike Oakland and some other jurisdictions, San Francisco also requires edibles to be in opaque packaging. "It was to get rid of the visual appeal to children," he explains.

All the edible makers say they can live with those local rules, and they praise San Francisco as a model county for medical marijuana regulation. The problem is that state law doesn't allow them to be independent businesses.

"It's against state law. There's no wholesaling allowed, and that's a big issue around edibles," Kessler said. "It's a complicated issue."

All the edibles makers in this story say they are barely getting by financially, and all have other jobs to support themselves. Jay says she's thought about giving up many times, but she's been motivated by stories they're heard from customers about the almost miraculous curative properties of their products, particularly from patients with cancer and other serious illnesses.

"I get an e-mail like this and then it's back to the kitchen," Jay said, referring to a letter from a customer who credits her with saving his life. "There are so many positive properties it has. There's really no other plant like it."

Comments

Indeed, cannabis-infused edibles production is becoming more professional and sophisticated in California. In fact, an industry association has already been formed by a number of edibles producers in order to agree upon standards for dosage, and packaging and labeling. CAPSCE, the California Association for the Production of Safe Cannabis-infused Edibles, encourages other cities to consider San Francisco's pragmatic, common-sense model of regulation.

Posted by Guest David R on Jan. 25, 2011 @ 10:59 pm

Understanding that the tobacco industry already owns the "best" names. Here are some suggestions.

Cannabus And Kittens Excellent! (C.A.K.E. - cf, the UK Show "Brass Eye" and "Cake")

POTWECANEAT - People of the World we enjoy, Cannibus and new entertaining art together!

WEEED - We eat eat eat drugs.

FACEBOOK - Finally a community existing but oh oh kittens!

Posted by Chief 420 on Jan. 25, 2011 @ 11:57 pm

Here at Incredible Edibles we make it a priority to bring fresh, high quality ingredients together with top grade medical cannabis in order to deliver the best and most delectable products. We prepare our goodies with the same amount of THC to ensure a consistent and reliable effect. It’s no wonder that our quality creations not only excite the palate, but also comfort the body.

Our Kitchens are based in San Francisco, so feel good about supporting the Bay Area Medical Cannabis Community and enjoy our delicious pastries and sweets with pride.

Get Incredible Edibles at The Green Cross or The Green Door in San Francisco.

Posted by Incredible Edibles on Jan. 26, 2011 @ 7:57 am

CHOCO-POTAMUS bars can be found in the Bay Area at SPARC in San Francisco, Harborside Health Center in Oakland and El Camino Wellness in Sacramento.

We make Dark Chocolate Sativa, Indica and Blend bars as well as Milk Chocolate Sativa, Indica and Blends. Each bar is 1 ounce and contains 300 mg cannabis.

Posted by Guest CHOCO-POTAMUS on Jan. 26, 2011 @ 2:48 pm

Making edibles is an art of it's own! I give you props! :o) I'd love to learn!!! Keep up the good work!

Posted by Guest on Jan. 19, 2012 @ 5:11 pm

Am I the only one thinking that professionally produced pot candy and popcorn will be a HUGE gateway for children? I've tried Chocopotamus and it will really get you high. I agree with legalization, but should we make it so tempting for young kids?

Posted by Guest Worried on Jan. 29, 2011 @ 4:25 pm

there is no gate way drug, and if there is it's probably alcohol. the bottles look the same as soda bottles.

Posted by Guest on Feb. 21, 2011 @ 7:03 pm

incredible edibles--- fresh, high quality ingredients? check the box you make the cookies from before making that statement. Personally haven't found the incredible edibles to have any effect worth spending money on. The milk chocolate from Choco Potamus is a definite must try. my two cents

Posted by Genius on Feb. 07, 2011 @ 6:13 pm

CHOCO-POTAMUS is a medicinal product, not for children, and we certainly hope that patients that purchase our bars keep all medication secure so that curious kids won't find them.

Posted by Guest CHOCO-POTAMUS on Feb. 17, 2011 @ 2:32 pm

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