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Santa Cruz County's newest medical marijuana dispensary serves half pints of Banannabis Foster, Straw-Mari Cheesecake and TRIPle Chocolate Brownie ice creams, all infused with cannabis, alongside the regular offerings of smokable pot, reports Kurtis Alexander of the Santa Cruz Sentinel.
No on-site consumption is allowed, but card-carrying marijuana patients have some cool options at the new Creme De Canna Non-Profit Collective. For now it's just the three flavors of ice cream, according to proprietor Jonathan Kolodinski, but others are planned.
Also featured are Creme De Canna cookies, "soft, delicious, and potent."
"It's been my passion to make medical marijuana not only highly effective, but deliciously amazing," said Kolodinski, whose collective opened across the street from Dominican Hospital this week. "I've wanted to bring my product line to the market for a long time."
Marijuana ice cream has been around a long time. Recipes have been passed around since at least the 1960s, and directions for numerous flavors can be found on the Web. But commercial sale of cannabinated ice cream is still in its infancy, with prospects for this and other marijuana products loom large as California voters vote on the legality of recreational pot in November.
"This is just a drop in the bucket, what we're seeing right now," said Steve Kubby, director of the American Medical Marijuana Association.
"A lot of people are coming up with all kinds of ideas about how to get cannabis into the diet," said Kubby, who is developing a marijuana lozenge and other pot products.
Before Kolodinski opened his own dispensary, he began selling his prepackaged ice cream at a few other shops and got positive feedback.
"People like it," said Nancy Black, also known as Granny Purps, who carries the ice cream at her namesake collective on 41st Avenue. "First of all, it's ice cream, and who doesn't love ice cream? Secondly, it has a manageable amount of medication in it and you don't taste it."
Black said it's a misconception that marijuana edibles taste bad.
"Everybody knows there are edibles out there," she said. "But people are rediscovering them now."
Kolodinski's ice cream, which comes in half pint containers marked by a logo and marijuana leaf, sell for $15. According to the label, each contains "two to four doses."
Santa Cruz County Supervisor John Leopold is pursuing a county ordinance to regulate medical marijuana dispensaries. He hopes to introduce the measure this fall.