San Francisco's Rules for Making Pot Brownies

Department of Public Health has guidelines for edible marijuana treats

By Jackson West
|  Wednesday, Jul 7, 2010  |  Updated 6:53 AM PDT
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You know you're a Californian when you have to ask if the brownies someone brought to a potluck are "special" or not.

But while the casual peddler of edible marijuana on sunny days in the City's parks still faces arrest, the City's Department of Public Health has rules for legitimate edible cannabis treats at medical marijuana dispensaries.

For instance, anything that requires refrigeration is right out unless the dispensary applies for an exemption, so you might want to rethink your plans for a soda fountain at your dispensary.

In fact, making anything look like candy which might attract children -- such as candy bars wrapped in packaging meant to mimic popular brands -- is also forbidden.

The packaging does, however, have to state the amount of marijuana in the food, and whether it contains any potential allergens such as nuts.

Only members of a dispensary are allowed to make the products, and if they intend to sell them at more than one location, they need to have a food handler's permit.

If California voters pass Proposition 19, the Tax Cannabis Act that would effectively decriminalize the recreational use of the drug, you can expect similar regulations to apply to entrepreneurs looking to bake goods that will get you baked.

In fact, it's probably only a matter of time before you'll be able to get full nutritional information labeled-goods -- so that you can count your calories both before and after the munchies kick in.

Jackson West wonders what people who complain about the nanny state might say about pot brownie regulations.

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