Cannabis Caramel Corn -- What Will They Think of Next?

A handful like this is probably more than you want to eat.

It's always an exciting time when my friend E. visits from Oakland, California, a town that likes to call itself "Oaksterdam" or the "Cannabis Kingdom." This weekend, I was eager to ask her about the pressure the federal government, trying to close them down, is putting on marijuana dispensaries. (Thanks loads, Obama!) Were dispensaries fast disappearing from the streets in parts of NoCal?

"Keep Away From Children" indeed!

She just laughed it off. "Actually, there's a new phenomenon in the Bay Area. Unlicensed pop-up marijuana stores are appearing in several towns, often occupying temporary spaces, but selling the same goods without a prescription. So anyone can walk in and buy them."

She produced from her purse a small bag of caramel corn. "This is just one of the things they sell," she continued. "They also have brownies, cookies, candies shaped like Jolly Ranchers, lollipops, and pretzels."

"You mean like puffy artisanal pretzels?" I asked. "No, hard little commercial pretzels in the usual knot sort of shape," she said.

"That suggests they're being made in some sort of advanced commercial bakery," I observed.

Next: We road test the caramel corn.

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