Entrepreneur sells do-it-yourself cannabis edible kits to bypass legal limitations

Justin Lloyd’s grandmother has never used cannabis before he made her some taffy candies infused with the drug.

By JENNY PENG StarMetro Vancouver Mon., Oct. 29, 2018

In her 80s, Lloyd travelled to Squamish and brought her some homemade candies to help ease her back pain from two fused discs following a “nasty” fall on metal stairs. She didn’t want to smoke cannabis; she didn’t want to become “addicted,” said Lloyd. But was willing to try some “mild candies.”

About an hour and a half after she ate the taffy, she started getting dozy and went to sleep.

“I was beyond thrilled the next morning when she said not only was that the ‘best sleep I had in 10 years’ ... but she said ‘I didn’t need my walker to go take the garbage out.’”

Stories from his grandmother and a friend’s mom who tried edibles to manage her arthritis led Lloyd to develop a do-it-yourself edibles kit to bypass the current ban on cannabis edibles—a void that has left many consumers disappointed after cannabis was legalized in Canada earlier this month.

The CEO of Grow Guide Pro based in South Surrey says on a Kickstarter campaign launched Oct. 17 that the kit teaches adults how to turn cannabis buds into canna-butter, honey, coconut oil or candies.

The kits don’t include cannabis, but rather have a candy thermometer, basting brush, candy moulds, lollipop sticks, and instructional booklet—tools Lloyd said are sourced from China.

According to Health Canada, there is no definite date set for the legalization of retail sale of cannabis edibles or concentrates. They will become legal “approximately one year” after Oct. 17. While cannabis edibles and vape concentrates will be legal to produce for personal consumption, they will not be legal to sell or purchase.

“The most important thing is, we need to break the stigma that cannabis users are just looking to get high. Some of them are just looking for pain relief,” said Lloyd who is also a hobby cook.

He added that he would have liked to see the Canadian government set a framework for edibles.

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