As medical marijuana becomes more prevalent across the United States, we are starting to see a number of side businesses pop up that cater to the many different facets of the cannabis trade: specialized weed tasting facilities, security guards that exclusively protect weed dispensaries and perhaps the most popular, culinary experts who prepare marijuana edibles for individuals and medical facilities.
The 420 Kitchen was established just four years ago after proprietor Mark Silver began baking cannabis cookies to help a close friend deal with the side effects of chemotherapy. Now, he provides several dispensaries and hospices in Los Angeles, Long Beach, Orange County and the San Fernando Valley with his edible desserts, which have quickly become his primary source of income.
Silver says that there is a huge growth potential in the marijuana edibles business and that many investors are patiently waiting for the industry to become fully legitimate so they can get in on the ground floor.
Unfortunately, even though medical marijuana is legal, it is still illegal to buy or sell marijuana, so Silver says he has to conduct his transactions as donations in order to escape the possibility of a run in with the law – a risk he hasn’t yet had an issue with.
Other edibles manufacturers say that a large portion of their business comes from making home deliveries to patients that cannot drive themselves to dispensaries to pick up their medicine. Companies like Vertigo Edibles sell their customers a variety of products ranging from Snickers-like ice cream to chocolate-covered peanuts, all with a THC infusion that they say is effective in treating whatever is ailing a patient.
Honestly, the thought of THC-infused ice cream makes us look forward to the day when we can order a Marijuana Mayhem Blizzard from Dairy Queen. That’s the America we want to live in -- how about you?
Mike Adams writes for Playboy's The Smoking Jacket, BroBible and Hustler Magazine. Follow him: @adamssoup; facebook.com/mikeadams73.