With marijuana being legalized in so many places for recreation and medicinal purposes, people not in the know are being put on to alternative ways to get blowed. Though smoking weed is the traditional, time honored way of consuming it, edibles are another way to get to where you want to be.
Typically, edible marijuana products come in the form of baked goods, such as brownies, cookies, Rice Krispie Treats, etc.. They are made by cooking the weed into the butter or oil used to bake the products. Through this process, the THC is extracted from the bud into the butter/oil.
By many accounts, eating edibles gets you more blasted for longer than smoking bud does. By some accounts, the consumption of edibles gives you a head and body high that can last for hours. Edibles are also more discreet and will evade detection by police. They don’t let off a smell. They just look like regular items that you buy at the store.
No matter the advantages of consuming edibles, they are still very illegal in the eyes of the law. An interesting case coming out of Florida sheds some light on how the edibles are handled by law enforcement.
A man named Albert Duran got slapped with armed drug trafficking charges after police found a .38, 113 grams of bud, 30 pieces of hard, marijuana-infused candy, five boxes containing hundreds of “special” Rice Krispie Treats during a raid. The cops weighed the 437 “Wake Bake Crispy Treats” out to 48 pounds. In Florida, 25 pounds is what it takes for a first-degree felony armed drug trafficking charge, which could have landed Duran in prison for life.
However, his lawyers found the loophole. The Miami Herald reports:
In Florida, police looking to charge trafficking can tabulate the weight of drugs such as cocaine and heroin even if they have been mixed with other substances. That’s not the case with marijuana — the term “mixture” is notably absent from the law…
That’s right. In Florida, the weight of edibles does not factor into the total weight of marijuana in your possession. To make all those edibles, it probably took considerably less than 25 pounds to make the batches. To get the desired effects, many cook an ounce or less of tree (doesn’t even have to be loud) into he butter/oil. In Duran’s case, though he still faces other charges, the felony trafficking charge was taken off the table.
Now, this case is specific to Florida, but it wouldn’t be shocking if there are similar loopholes in other states. Read up on your local laws to see.
Below is a pretty basic tutorial on how to make brownies, but the process is similar for any baked edibles: