Food & Drink

Washington State to Allow Marijuana Edibles, No Candy, in Retail Shops
Marijuana stores in Washington state can sell marijuana in cookies, brownies and other approved baked goods but cannot put cannabis in candies, lollipops or food items that might appeal to children, according to newly released rules.

OLYMPIA, WA -- Marijuana stores in Washington state can sell marijuana in cookies, brownies and other approved baked goods but cannot put cannabis in candies, lollipops or food items that might appeal to children, according to newly released rules. Washington became the second U.S. state to allow recreational sales of marijuana to adults on July 8 when its first retail stores opened under a heavily regulated and taxed system approved by voters in 2012. The state's Liquor Control Board, which regulates the fledgling industry, published the guidelines on Wednesday for the packaging and labeling of marijuana edibles. It prohibited any products, labels or packaging designed to be especially appealing to children, including lollipops and suckers, gummy candy and jelly beans, although many of those products are already being sold in the state's medical marijuana dispensaries. To gain approval to market a marijuana infused food item, such as brownies or bottled drinks, a processor must submit a photo of the product along with its labels and packaging. The edible also has to pass a processing facility inspection and must be clearly labeled as containing marijuana. Edibles also must be tested for potency and to ensure that the marijuana derivatives are spread evenly throughout the products.

Colorado Marijuana Edibles Maker Says Hershey Lawsuit a Big Surprise

DENVER, CO -- A Colorado maker of marijuana edibles says it was surprised to be sued by Hershey Co, which accused it of ripping off the design of the company's iconic chocolates and candies, because it changed its packaging six months ago. Hershey sued TinctureBelle LLC in U.S. District Court in Denver last week, alleging trademark infringement. It also said there was a safety risk because consumers, especially children, might eat the pot products by mistake. In a statement released late on Wednesday, TinctureBelle owner Char Mayes said the lawsuit came as a "huge" surprise. "We changed our entire label line approximately six months ago, long before these allegations surfaced," Mayes said. "Our new packaging looks nothing like Hershey’s or anyone else’s." In its lawsuit, Pennsylvania-based Hershey said the packaging of TinctureBelle's marijuana-infused Ganja Joy bars was too similar to the Almond Joy product it makes. It also said three other TinctureBelle edibles - Hasheath, Hashees and Dabby Patty - were knockoffs of its Heath, Reese's peanut butter cups and York peppermint patty candies. Colorado Springs-based TinctureBelle said in its response that it had not yet been served with the lawsuit, but that it hoped the matter could be resolved as quickly as possible. It said

Hershey’s Sues Marijuana Edible Makers Over Trademark Infringements

DENVER, CO -- The Hershey Co. has sued a Colorado marijuana edibles maker, claiming it makes four pot-infused candies that too closely resemble iconic products of the chocolate maker.

The trademark infringement lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Denver this week against TinctureBelle LLC and TinctureBelle Marijuanka LLC.

It alleges TinctureBelle's Ganja Joy, Hasheath, Hashees and Dabby Patty mimic Hershey's Almond Joy, Heath, Reese's peanut butter cups and York peppermint patty candies, respectively.

The Denver Business Journal first reported about the lawsuit filed Tuesday.

TinctureBelle did not immediately return messages seeking comment.  The company's website says its products, which include lotions and balms, are "diabetic safe and delicious" and helpful with a variety of issues, including pain, headaches and insomnia.

The edibles are sold in Colorado's legal pot shops and medical marijuana dispensaries.

Pennsylvania-based Hershey says TinctureBelle products are packaged in a way that will confuse consumers, including children. Hershey's suit says TinctureBelle "creates a genuine safety risk with regard to consumers" who may inadvertently eat them thinking they are ordinary chocolate candy.

Hershey wants a judge to order TinctureBelle to

Formally Trained Chef Serves Up Classes on How to Cook with Cannabis
Chef Payton Curry trained at the Culinary Institute of America in New York

SCOTTSDALE, AZ  -- A formally-trained chef is serving up lessons about how to cook marijuana to Arizona residents. Payton Curry, who currently cooks at the Brat Haus in Scottsdale, is able to get medical marijuana legally to help treat his anxiety and depression. He says that medical pot improved his life, and now he wants to help other qualified people learn to cook with marijuana. "I know that it worked for me, and for me to be able to stop drinking," Curry told 3TV. "If you don't have your card, you don't get it." Marijuana extracts have been legal in Arizona since March, and Curry, who trained at the Culinary Institute of America in New York, has received many requests from people who want to learn how to prepare them. "Churches, lawyers, police officers, a fire marshal," he said when asked to name some of his potential students. Curry's students learn how to make smoothies with medical marijuana and other natural substances like honey. Learning to prepare marijuana properly is a good way to avoid overdoing it, according to Curry. "I want the medicinal properties of this," he said. "I don't want to get stoned out of my mind and eat Cheetos with peanut butter and listen

Iowa Middle School Students Busted for Trying to Bake Pot Cookies in Home Ec Class

BURLINGTON, IA -- Four Iowa middle school students weren’t feeling so sweet after they were arrested on Wednesday for trying to make pot cookies in home economics class. The 13-year-old students got in trouble after they made marijuana-spiked cookie dough in their class at Edward Stone Middle School on Tuesday and then attempted to bake with it on Wednesday. Other students who knew about the plan alerted school officials about the laced cookie dough while it was being stored overnight. “There was a concerned student that notified the school authorities,” Lieutenant Jeff Klein told WQAD. “Hats off to that individual, hats off to his parents because he did the right thing.” All four students have been suspended and two have been charged with felony delivery of marijuana, while the other two are facing misdemeanor possession charges. “What we’re hoping to prevent is this type of activity as they become adults,” Lt. Klein said. “If you’re able to head it off right now, hopefully they won’t continue this type of behavior when they reach age 18 and then there’s little we can do to help, so we’re hoping that we can continue to educate at this age and then these problems won’t continue.” The cookie dough was never baked

Girl Scout Sells Out of Cookies in 45 Min. at SF Pot Dispensary

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- After setting up shop outside the Green Cross medical marijuana clinic on Monday, San Francisco Girl Scout Danielle Lei sold out of cookies in just 45 minutes. Her mom, Carol, was there to help her out and make sure that she learned something from the experience. “They learn that they’re not drugged out,” Carol told the East Bay Express. “Many have serious [medical] needs, and are just a little different.” “And they get very hungry after!” added Danielle, 13. Coincidentally, one of the most popular strains of pot sold inside the dispensary is called Girl Scout Cookies. Now, thanks to the Leis, Green Cross customers can purchase very different variations of that product on either side of the dispensary door. Danielle has until March 16 to hit her target of 1,200 boxes and she’ll try to make that happen later this week. According to the Green Cross Facebook page, Danielle will be back on Saturday. “As promised, the Girl Scouts will be returning to The Green Cross!,” according to a post on Facebook. “They'll be here from 4-6 pm this Saturday, February 22. So come support this great cause and enjoy some delicious Girl Scout Cookies in the process! Half the proceeds will go toward Alzheimer's

Colorado Restaurant Offers “Pot Pairing Menu” in Marketing Campaign
Hapa Sushi says pairing menu, which is part of chain's "Happy Legalization" campaign, is just for fun

DENVER, CO -- Colorado chain Hapa Sushi is hoping to capitalize on the legalization of cannabis in the state by offering its customers a "pairing menu" that matches specific strains of marijuana with certain sushi selections. Or that’s what they want you to think anyway. “This is entertainment. It’s just for fun. For people to come in and laugh a little, if they can or learn a little,” said Hapa Sushi Corporate Manager Jessica Brookhart. “A few of our pairings are the Pakastani Kush and Pakalolo Shrimp… Purple Rain and Poke Don.” Since it’s still illegal to smoke on the premises, the pot pairing menu is actually a parody. The joke is just a part of the chain’s "Happy Legalization” marketing campaign. "The management of the Hapa Restaurant Group reserves the right to serve customers who discuss: 'How cool their pets are and that fish would make cool pets but you would have to live in the ocean to hang out with them and this weed is really good and do you think pets like us as much as we like them ...'" reads one ad from the new campaign. "Our dining room is ergonomically designed to reduce paranoia,” says another. According to Professor Margaret Campbell of the University of

Joint Effort: Washington Brewers Release Hemp Beer to Celebrate Marijuana Legalization

SEATTLE, WA – Redhook Brewery, the Northwest’s original craft brew, announced today the release of  “Joint Effort,” a new hemp beer brewed in collaboration with Seattle’s Hilliard’s Beer that celebrates the legalization of marijuana in Washington State. joint-effort-labelThe relationship between the two breweries began with a Ballard bar-hopping trip down memory lane for Redhook’s brewing team. The area where it all started for Redhook in 1981 has since become known as the “Redhook District” and is a haven for beer lovers with a number of notable breweries opening and thriving. Among those is Hilliard’s Beer, founded in October 2011 by Ryan Hilliard and Adam Merkl. “We have a real appreciation for the brewing energy in Ballard right now. Thirty years ago Redhook was exactly where guys like Hilliard’s, Reuben’s Brews and Populuxe are today,” said Karmen Olson, Redhook Brand Manager. “We’re stoked to be working with our friends at Hilliard’s and to raise a pint to our Emerald City heritage.” Joint Effort is a session ale brewed with hemp seeds. Dry-hopped with Zeus, Cascade, Summit hops, Joint Effort has a dank, resinous hop aroma balanced by nutty, earthiness from

Marijuana Waste Helps Turn Pot Eating Pigs into Tasty Pork Roast

OLYMPIA, WA -- With Washington state about to embark on a first-of-its-kind legal market for recreational marijuana, the budding ranks of new cannabis growers face a quandary over what to do with the excess stems, roots and leaves from their plants. Susannah Gross, who owns a five-acre farm north of Seattle, is part of a group experimenting with a solution that seems to make the most of marijuana's appetite-enhancing properties - turning weed waste into pig food. Four pigs whose feed was supplemented with potent plant leavings during the last four months of their lives ended up 20 to 30 pounds heavier than the half-dozen other pigs from the same litter when they were all sent to slaughter in March. "They were eating more, as you can imagine," Gross said. Giving farm animals the munchies is the latest outcome of a ballot measure passed by Washington voters in November making their state one of the first to legalize the recreational use of pot. The other was Colorado. Both were among about 20 states with medical marijuana laws already on their books. The federal government still classifies cannabis as an illegal narcotic, and the Obama administration has not yet said what actions, if any, it will take

New York Lawmakers Seek to Make Marijuana-Shaped Candy Illegal

ALBANY, NY -- Legislation introduced Monday to the New York State Assembly would ban candies that look or taste like marijuana from being sold in the state. Sponsored by Assemblyman Dennis H. Gabryszak (D-143), Assembly Bill 6293 would prohibit the sales of any candy or confection that are "packaged, shaped or manufactured to resemble marijuana or marijuana products or to imitate the flavor of marijuana." The ban would apply to all novelty candies shaped to resemble marijuana, regardless of whether they contain cannabis. The bill, which has fourteen co-sponsors, has been referred to the Consumer Affairs and Protection Committee. A companion bill, Senate Bill 1556, has quietly advanced to a third reading in the Senate, where it awaits a vote.