If you’re lucky enough to live in a weed-friendly state, the wild array of available edible products is truly stunning. From artisanal chocolates and gum drops, to coffee drinks and meal replacements like vegan chili, their precise dosage, easy access, and flavor void of that pesky skunk undertone can make homemade pot brownies seem like a thing of the past.
However, California’s edible industry is facing a number of sobering regulations on January 1st, when recreational marijuana becomes legal on the state level. Dosage caps, prohibited ingredients like dairy and fruit extracts, and a slew of restrictions on packaging and branding threaten to homogenize this vibrant and creative community, if not obliterate it all but entirely.
This comes on top of a notorious presence of pesticides in edibles, which can come from the concentrate used in production, or the labs testing for the pesticides, which can be contaminated themselves.