Cannabis Cupcake, Anyone?

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    NEWSLETTERS

    TK

    A convention on cannabis, the first ever in the South Bay, brought thousands of people to the San Jose Convention Center over the weekend.

    HempCon 2010 featured vendors and informational booths on everything from medical marijuana's benefits to growing options. 

    There was information about medical marijuana, places set up to explain the current laws and booths aimed at pushing Prop 19 -- the November ballot issue to legalize pot for recreational purposes. Visitors could also learn about pot clubs in the Bay Area, growing weed at home and what equipment is needed to start an indoor farm.

    There was even legal help available and also a table set up for people who wanted to become licensed, ID-carrying medical marijuana patients.

    There were also dozens of cannabis products up for sale. Cannabis biscotti, anyone? That is just one of the tasty food items up for grabs this weekend. Products like cannabis honey, cupcakes and caramel corn were hot sellers for anyone with a cannabis card.

    The concession stands also featured something called Hemp Ale, from Humboldt County, of course.

    There was one thing you couldn't do at HempCon: Smoke pot. The director of the event asked the city for permission to set up a self-medication tent inside but they city said no. So any smoking -- cigarette or otherwise -- couldn't take place closer than 25 feet from the convention hall.

    If voters pass Prop 19 in November, legal wrangling is sure to follow but cannabis could become quite a cash crop for the state.

    As they say in television, stay tuned.