As more and more states legalize medical and recreational marijuana, a veritable cornucopia of edible delights has emerged: baked goods, candies, infused oils, cook books, and instructional classes. A new “cottage industry” has emerged:
BlueKudu, in Denver, started producing marijuana chocolate bars for medicinal purposes three years ago. Since recreational use became legal this year in Colorado, owner Andrew Schrot said, the wholesale business has more than doubled its sales from several hundred chocolate bars sold a day through dispensaries to more than 1,000, at $9 to $17 a piece.
“There seems to be quite a bit of intrigue about the infused products from the general public and consumer, especially tourists,” Schrot said.
Cooking classes have sprung up. One in Denver — led by a chef who has turned out chocolate-covered bacon and Swedish meatballs with a marijuana-infused glaze — has grown so popular that it will be offered every week in August. It’s also part of a vacation package that provides pot tourists with a stay at a cannabis-friendly hotel (vaporizer and private smoke deck included), a visit to dispensaries and growing operations, and the cooking class.
Students are advised not to smoke before they come to class because there’s a lot to learn about the dosing and they will be sampling foods along the way.
“By the end of the class, everybody’s pretty stoned,” said founder J.J. Walker.