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Oklahoma governor OKs rules for cannabis-infused food products

1/9/19--Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin approved new labeling, packaging, and testing rules for food products that include marijuana for medical use. The new rules require marijuana-infused food and beverage makers to comply with the state’s current food safety laws as well as the labeling and packaging laws for available cannabis products. The regulations also require edibles makers to disclose on labels a product’s THC potency, including marijuana ingredients and tracking information for the marijuana oil or source material. Read

People searched for a certain marijuana product a lot in 2018, Google says

12/10/18--People in the U.S. were really interested in learning about cannabidiol (CBD) gummies in 2018, according to Google’s year-end trend report. “CBD gummies” was the third most popular food-related Google search of the year—following unicorn cake and romaine lettuce. Read

Coca-Cola CEO on coffee strategy: We’re not going head to head with Starbucks

11/16/18--According to Coca-Cola President and CEO James Quincey, Coca-Cola's $5.1 billion acquisition of U.K. coffee chain Costa was less of an effort to take on giants like Starbucks than a move to create a new type of coffee experience. Read

It’s high time for restaurants to pay attention to marijuana

2/1/18--Marijuana has the ability to impact nearly every aspect of the food world. From restaurant brands reaching their cannabis-friendly customers on social media to THC-laced concoctions competing with established restaurants. But, while more than half the country approves of legalization in some form, there’s still concern from retailers about alienating the rest of the population or stumbling into a legal gray area. Read

Jack in the Box to offer new menu to target marijuana smokers with munchies in California

12/28/17--Jack in the Box is going to take advantage of California’s new recreational marijuana laws by offering a new menu targeting pot smokers. The fast food chain will debut the weed-themed Merry Munchie Meal at three restaurants in Long Beach, California in mid-January. The munchie meal is part of a partnership with cannabis lifestyle website Merry Jane – which is backed by Snoop Dogg. Read

Cannabis edibles manufacturer suspended by Alaska marijuana office

12/1/17--Frozen Budz, a Fairbanks-based cannabis edibles company, was suspended Friday after the state office that oversees Alaska's marijuana industry said that most of the company's products had not been tested and may contain more THC than allowed. The company was being investigated after the state says it found that the products did not undergo required testing. The business owner said the allegations were untrue. Read

Colorado official endorses Canada’s delayed approach on legalizing marijuana edibles

9/15/17--Daniel Vigil, the public health official in charge of Colorado’s marijuana health monitoring, says it makes sense for Canada to take its time on legalizing edible pot products — despite the fact his own government legalized it immediately. Canadian government officials have said they intend to eventually allow edibles (such as marijuana brownies or cookies), but for now will only allow the smokable products. Read

California lawmakers approve legislation that would outlaw sales of marijuana edibles that look like gummy bears

9/15/17--California companies would be prohibited from selling marijuana edibles made in the shape of a person, animal, insect, or fruit under a measure given final legislative approval Thursday and sent to the governor for consideration. Read

Medical marijuana edibles sold without California regulations

8/23/17--Heavenly Sweet, a commercial kitchen and bakery serving medical marijuana edibles, is the first Northern California edibles company to lab test its products. Currently, in the edibles industry, regulation and oversight is virtually nonexistent. New rules and standards are currently being hashed out by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). The agency will oversee edibles when recreational marijuana can be commercially sold in the state on Jan. 1. Read

What edibles are good for insomnia?

8/22/17--According to Herbert Fuego of Westword, it's difficult to predict desired effects with edibles because most of them aren’t specific to strain or class. Even if the edibles were strain-specific, terpenes, which have been shown to have more influence on how cannabinoids affect your body, are largely lost during certain extraction processes that require high temperatures. Read

When it comes to marijuana foods, regulation drives innovation

8/16/17--Marijuana entrepreneurs working with edibles seem to have no trouble dreaming up creative treats and concoctions infused with psychoactive THC. However, being innovative is necessary since they must adhere to extensive health and safety regulations. Despite mandated regulations, politicians and public health officials have voiced sharp concerns about weed-infused edibles. They worry about their appeal to children and the perils of overconsumption. Read

This 59-year-old mother of 2 is making millions selling legal marijuana gummies

7/31/17--Nancy Whiteman's marijuana confectionary company, Wana Brands, makes millions of dollars a year, but she considers herself an "accidental cannabis entrepreneur." She thought that edibles could be the next big thing in legal marijuana trends. Her confectionary concoctions include loaded sour fruit gummies, salted caramels, hot cocoa, and bright lozenge "jewels" infused with different levels of THC. By the end of 2017, she expects Wana Brands to bring in more than $12 million in revenue. Read

New coffee pods promise a two-way buzz: From marijuana and caffeine

7/12/17--Cannabiniers launched Brewbudz, which is “the world’s first cannabis infused coffee, tea, and cocoa pods. Brewbudz are available in different dosing strengths from 10 mg to 50 mg of THC, and according to Cannabiniers, the company’s patented extraction process “allows the consumer to benefit from the complete profile of the cannabis flower, in a healthy and discreet manner." Read

Pass the cream and the cannabis coffee, please …

6/9/17--The San Diego-based company, Cannabiniers, has introduced Brewbudz, marijuana flower-containing Arabica coffee beans pods designed to be placed inside a Keurig machine to brew cannabis coffee or cannabis cocoa for non-coffee drinkers. Each pod has 10 milligrams of THC, marijuana’s active ingredient. The coffee pods will be sold at medical marijuana dispensaries, and a doctor’s prescription will be necessary until California’s recreational use guidelines go into effect after the first of the year. Read

How to avoid the allure of junk food when you’re a cannabis-loving traveler

6/8/17--Holly Alberti, founder of Healthy Headie Lifestyle, shares her secrets for eating well on the cheap while traveling. Her philosophy, both personally and with the business, is about conscious consumption. Alberti says that because she needs cannabis to help with digestion, she tends to pack marijuana tinctures and/or concentrates while traveling. Another way Alberti deals with cravings for fatty junk food while using marijuana is by choosing her strain wisely. Read

Pot pizza now offered at medical marijuana dispensary

7/7/17--The Massachusetts medical marijuana dispensary Ermont, Inc. has created cannabis-infused pizza, a new option for patients who don't want to smoke their dose of pot or eat it in the form of sweets. The tomato sauce in the 6-inch cheese pizza contains 125 milligrams of tetrahydrocannabinol, the psychoactive compound in marijuana. The company has sold about 200 pizzas thus far. Read

How the queen of legal weed is targeting the chardonnay crowd

4/26/17--Nancy and John Whiteman, co-founders and co-owners of Wana Brands, the fastest growing, best-selling purveyor of marijuana-infused edibles in Colorado, are now trying to establish a national presence. Wana can't legally ship anything that contains marijuana beyond the Colorado border, so it is setting up licensing and distribution partnerships in every targeted state to expand their popular sour gummies product. Nancy Whiteman, in particular, has her eye on the chardonnay crowd as an edibles customer base, nationally. She envisions parents of teenagers relaxing at a dinner party with a bite instead of a glass. Read

The rise of high-end culinary cannabis

4/19/17--Cannabis-centered dinner parties, pop-ups, and private events have become ubiquitous all over L.A. Cannabis entrepreneurs are bounding past the stoner-style norm to create beautiful, luxurious new ways to eat weed. With the passing of California’s Proposition 64 to legalize recreational marijuana use, it seems it's likely that even more pot-related parties and players will enter into the edible space. Read

It may not be legal, but marijuana-infused ice cream is now available in Calgary

4/7/17--Remedy Ice Cream is made in Calgary and infused with shatter — a concentrated form of marijuana. Co-founder Chris Vasconcellos says the ice cream is meant for licensed medical marijuana patients only. As a licensed user himself, he said he was looking for a different way to consume his medicine, which led him to the idea. He doesn't have a licence to sell the drug, however, so he's wary of law enforcement — but still willing to talk publicly about what he does. Read

Marijuana industry presses ahead in California’s wine country

3/18/17--Civil engineer turned marijuana entrepreneur Sam Edwards is adding a new dimension to the art of matching fine wines with gourmet food: cannabis and wine pairing dinners. His company, Sonoma Cannabis Company, charges diners $100 to $150 for a meal that experiments with everything from marijuana-leaf pesto sauce to sniffs of cannabis flowers paired with sips of a crisp Russian River chardonnay. Read

11-year-old in trouble after sharing marijuana-laced Rice Krispies Treats with classmates

1/26/17--An 11-year-old Texas boy shared marijuana oil-laced Rice Krispies Treats with four of his classmates. A local police officer in Newark believes the fifth-grader knew the desserts contained a psychotropic chemical. Read

Visions of legal made-in-Maine pot brownies dance in their heads

12/26/16--Mainers planning to cash in on pot’s legalization by infusing food with cannabis fret their dreams may go up in smoke, but they are still pushing toward production of made-in-Maine pot goodies. Edibles and other infused products are on target to account for half the billion-dollar industry nationally, according to Bloomberg Businessweek. But, before the green rush arrives in Maine, numerous hurdles have to be cleared. Read

The ultimate guide to making marijuana tea

screen-shot-2017-01-10-at-11-25-02-am12/21/16--Marijuana tea is like a regular herbal blend, but infused with cannabis. However, making marijuana tea isn't just pouring hot water over marijuana leaves or flowers. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main psychoactive ingredient in weed, has a minimal presence in the leaves. The flowers, or buds, also won't disperse much THC throughout the tea because THC has a very low solubility in water. You need a solvent to effectively infuse the THC in tea. Read

Is marijuana chewing gum the next big thing?

screen-shot-2017-01-03-at-8-49-45-pm12/13/16--AXIM Biotech (AXIM), a world leader in hemp cannabinoid research and development, recently received patent approval for the use of all cannabinoids – chemical compounds found in marijuana plants – in its controlled-release chewing gum. AXIM CEO Dr. George Anastassov said the chewing gum is only approved for the pharmaceutical market, and doctor’s orders are needed to obtain it. Read

Company launching marijuana-infused Keurig coffee pods

screen-shot-2016-12-20-at-8-47-22-pm12/2/16--Cannabiniers is launching a new line of THC and CBD infused coffee and tea. The product, known as BrewBudz, is designed to work in a home Keurig brewer, and the company will be launching sales in Nevada and Colorado starting in January with a price tag of about $7 a pod. They’ll then expand sales to Washington, Oregon, California, and Arizona by March. Read

The best part of waking up? Marijuana in your cup

screen-shot-2016-12-20-at-8-18-10-pm12/2/16--California-based BrewBudz is combining marijuana with one of the most popular beverages in the world: coffee. The company is planning to release its cannabis-infused coffee, for sale along with teas and hot cocoa, in six states between now and March 2017, which would make it the first widely available product of its kind. Read

Lollipops confiscated at Woodford County High. Are they laced with marijuana?

screen-shot-2016-11-27-at-9-26-08-pm11/11/16--Police recently seized candy suckers at Woodford County High School that students had billed as marijuana-laced lollipops. The lollipops were sent to a Kentucky State Police lab for testing, but the results might not be available for several weeks. If the candy contains marijuana, charges will be filed. Read

Legal marijuana’s risks for children aren’t what you might think

screen-shot-2016-11-06-at-12-13-27-am10/24/16--Younger children are more likely to be accidentally exposed to marijuana as access to the drug increases. Edibles, in particular, are more likely than some other drugs to send children to the hospital, but while marijuana poisonings among the youngest Maine children are uncommon, it's rising. Whereas, seemingly legalization isn’t increasing pot use among older children, at least not yet. Teens are by no means giving up on marijuana, but use is down according to Centers for Disease Control data. Read

RV carrying marijuana-flavored edibles catches fire

screen-shot-2016-11-03-at-11-03-00-pm10/23/16--Police say a truck stocked with marijuana-flavored edibles caught on fire on the Delaware Memorial Bridge as it was traveling around the country promoting the legalization of marijuana. The RV is reportedly owned by “Weed World Candies, ” a company that makes marijuana-flavored candies. Police confirm that no one was injured in the fire. Read

This beekeeper has been making honey from marijuana!

screen-shot-2016-11-03-at-10-08-40-pm10/19/16--A French beekeeper and avid cannabis user, who has become known as Nicolas Trainerbees,  spent years researching how to bring these two important parts of his life together. The result is a natural nectar being called “cannahoney.” He simply uses a training technique whereby the bees collect the resin from cannabis and use it in the beehive. Read

Workers report being offered marijuana edibles from pot-decorated car

screen-shot-2016-10-27-at-10-39-50-pm10/13/16--FOX 8 I-Team investigated a car painted with marijuana leaves and the name Kush Gods frequently parked around East 4th Street and Euclid Avenue. Apparently, edibles are provided in exchange for donations or given away from the vehicle. The Cleveland Police Chief's office said it’s illegal to sell or possess any amount of marijuana in any form, and taking a donation can be considered selling. Read

Marijuana infused wine is now available in California

fb-square-english-spanish10/14/16--Mary Jane Wines is helping medical marijuana users get the treatment they need in wine form. by making small batches of weed-infused wine. Coming in both a Malbec and Chardonnay, this wine is made with sterilized hemp seeds and cannabidiol extract. Their product is currently available in California, only to those who have a medical marijuana license. Read

Gourmet ganja? Marijuana dining is growing up, slowly

fb-square-english-spanish10/13/16--Chefs are working with marijuana growers to chart the world of pairing food and weed, but face a legal gauntlet to make pot dinners a reality, even where the drug is legal. For now, marijuana dining is limited to those who hire private chefs to craft infused foods for meals served in their homes, or at special events. Read

Marijuana edibles tests reveal misleading claims

screen-shot-2016-10-20-at-11-08-58-am8/12/16--The Globe and Mail tested the potency of edible marijuana products, sold as medicine at Toronto dispensaries. Most of them didn’t live up to their claims, raising questions about efficacy and quality. Apparently, four out of the five products The Globe and Mail tested were well below the THC amounts claimed. Read

New Colorado edibles rules: major cost for producers, not for others

screen-shot-2016-10-10-at-9-36-51-pm9/29/16--New labeling rules for marijuana edibles produced in Colorado have been a huge expense for many infused products manufacturers. Meanwhile, some retailers say this is business as usual. By Dec. 1, dispensaries and recreational stores must sell only products that comply with the new regulations. Read

Inside the world of high-end marijuana cuisine

screen-shot-2016-09-28-at-10-18-46-pm9/15/16--The trend in states where marijuana is legal is pairing strains of marijuana with specific foods to enhance their flavor, but is it a gimmick or a new frontier? Rolling Stone writer Sara Davidson explores and reports on the world of high-end marijuana cuisine, where the fanciest dinners come with a different strains of weed. Read

Senate to clear up issues around medical marijuana edibles, dispensaries

screen-shot-2016-09-21-at-7-39-20-am9/8/16--The Michigan Senate on Thursday moved suddenly to legalize and regulate medical marijuana dispensaries and non-smokable forms of the drug, discharging the bill from committee consideration and taking it up on the floor. Read

New study reveals what mostly attracts marijuana edibles to young kids

screen-shot-2016-09-20-at-11-16-49-am9/8/16--Colorado’s new rules for marijuana-infused edibles take important steps to keep the products from being attractive to young children but also may not go far enough, a recently released study suggests. Read

Report explores factors that might attract children to marijuana edibles

fb-square-english-spanish8/25/16--States are grappling with how to regulate cannabis-infused edibles such as brownies, cookies and candies to most effectively protect children. A new report from the University of Washington School of Law’s Cannabis Law and Policy Project furthers those efforts by identifying the factors that make food attractive to children. Read