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In the Works, A Sweeter Way to Get Your Medicine

Posted by Lindsey Steinberg on 10/25/2013 in Medical Marijuana

In the Works, A Sweeter Way to Get Your MedicineConnecticut co-owner of Greenbelt Management, Jason Nickerson, has reached out to a North End cupcake business in hopes of finding a sweeter way for patients to obtain their medical marijuana. Carrie Carella, owner of NoRA Cupcake Company was approached by Nickerson just last week with the idea of creating sweet medibles for state registered patients. The two have something more than tiny treats in mind, however.

“Because of the shelf life of a cupcake we talked about maybe doing brownies, Rice Krispy treats or muffins,” said Carella. And though Nickerson has referred to these initial talks with Carella as “very preliminary,” the two have been exchanging ideas in hopes of finalizing a project.

“If we were to collaborate, we would need the excplicit sancition of the state Department of Consumer Protection and would need to be in strict compliance with the regulations the commissioner has set forth and/or has yet to set forth.”

Nickerson is working on establishing the city-owned 15,00-square-foot-space on 180 Johnson Street and making sure it is fully equipped and prepared to grow medical marijuana, once the business plan has been green-lighted.

NoRA has been up and running for just two years now, and the bakery has more than doubled in size from a small storefront to a catering company selling delectable desserts, soups, t-shirts, soaps and artwork. When first approached by Nickerson, Carella said she was fully on board with the idea. “There is a lot of talent going on up here and I’m flattered they thought of me. I like the idea that they’re right down the street. We’re just excited to be a part of it.” There are currently 1,182 patients licensed by the state for medical marijuana, however there remain no certified caregivers or dispensaries. Nickerson has said he’s fully prepared to be as flexible as Connecticut’s medical marijuana program regulations require.

“As they stand, they do not probide some clear guidance on how edibles production is to be handled and for the time being, we are basing our vision of how collaboration with NoRA would work on those parameters.” Currently, according to the state regulations, medibles must be produced, packaged and labeled in a licensed by the state production facility. Packaged edibles must be transported from the production facility to properly licensed dispensaries for persona patient distribution.

NoRA staff would become Greenbelt employees, full trained in the facility’s protocols once the collaboration is given the okay. The edibles would be produced in a commercial kitchen built within the confines of the facility. While baking the edibles, NoRA staff would be under close supervision by the Greenbelt team.

“Formulating of edibles recipes and dosages would be informed by our staff and our advisors in biology, pharmacy and various fields of medicine associated with the conditions for which medical marijuana is prescribed. Edibles would be infused with extractions processed from the marijuana plant within the production facility,” said Nickerson.

His plans are to create a tasteless CBD extract, which would then be infused into cannabutter or oil for cooking with. Nickerson’s inspiration came about from his team receiving the brunt of complaints from medical marijuana consumers in other states saying that medibles tend to lack high-quality palatability. “A big part of the impetus to collaborate with NoRA would be to produce better, excellent-tasting edibles.”