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New strain review: Lil Baby’s debut Wham!



He might be the world’s hottest rapper. And he loves rhyming about reefer. But will Baby’s brand new strain, ‘Wham!,’ pass Leafly’s First Toke test?

On Friday August 26, Atlanta golden child Lil Baby birthed a new cannabis line. His Wham! brand is more than just a quick “dank you” to fans as he prepares for his next album run. Wham! is the legacy dealer’s first punch at legal cannabis. And it doesn’t look like it will be his last shot at the licensed game.

“I was selling weed when they came out with White Tee,” Baby rapped on 2018’s “Ready,” nodding to the 2004 ATL classic, “White Tee” by Dem Franchize Boyz. For reference, Baby was born in December of 1994. Suddenly, his rap name makes a lot of sense, right?

His influence on the streets of Atlanta runs so deep, his 4PF rap crew was blamed for the Obama Runtz rush of 2020. But starting April of this year, Baby started rolling out Wham!, along with The Holding Company behind it. He gave NBAer and Viola CEO Al Harrington the exclusive scoop on the process behind his first strain.

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Lil Baby shows off his Wham! four-finger ring set while posing with GUMBO CEO Luka Brazi. Luka captioned the photo on Instagram: “#WHAMGUMBO coming soon.” (@flytrap_gumbo / Instagram)

The details of WHAM!’s business ties are mostly private, for now. But Cookies CEO Berner, GUMBO CEO Luka Brazi, and Joke’s Up! CEO Yung LB are all supporting the movement in their own unique ways.

THC-heavy cannabis is far from legal in Baby’s home state of Georgia, but small amounts are decriminalized in the city of Atlanta, and other municipalities. Low-THC oil is approved for GA’s medical patients. Lucky for Baby, the global appeal of his music means he doesn’t have to wait around for The Peach State to get in the game.

So what’s Wham! really hitting for? Leafly contributor Dan Reagans stopped by LA’s Joke’s Up! Ice Kream shop to see if Lil Baby’s weed is a big-time heavy hitter on par with his Billboard hits.

A clean, relaxing buzz for the bosses

Wham! buds
(Dan Reagans / Leafly)

From the first toke, Wham! hits fast, with a relaxing, but not sleepy buzz. When you crack the package, poignant gassy nodes fill the room. But after the initial rush of gas, Baby’s Wham! gives more subtle hints of octane mixed with piney outdoor terps that can melt tension at first sniff.

The flower is cured to perfection. With no messy or sticky breakdown, rolling prep is quick and easy. When you’re paying $72 for an eighth (3.5 grams), you want to make sure every bit of THC goes into your roll-up. Wham! doesn’t leave the good stuff stuck in your grinder or on your fingertips.

This is best used as an evening bud that melts the day’s stress away. It won’t put you straight to sleep, but it does go straight to the body without an intense head rush. 

Although this flower will have users laid back and relaxed for 30-90 minutes, the high doesn’t linger or feel oppressive. Depending on THC tolerance, heavyweights may find themselves rolling up more sooner than later to keep the vibe alive. 

Wham! final verdict

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Baby’s buds are big and blinged out. The purple undertones suggest high doses of linalool, the lavender-flavored terpene associated with relaxation. (Dan Reagans / Leafly)

The quick buzz is convenient if you’re a boss who needs a quick break or mellow rush. But those who want intense medical effects that will put them on their bottom in one punch might find Wham! requires a couple extra hits to finish the job. The effects are playa, but the price is not. If it wasn’t for the high ticket, I’d say this is the A-minus grade cultivar you keep in the cut for calm occasions. But these inflationary times mean Wham! gets curved to a B+ overall.

Find Wham! while supplies last at Joke’s Up! Ice Kream dispensaries (Studio City, Downtown LA), The Ten Co (Perris, CA), Cookies (Melrose, San Francisco, Mission Valley), Backpack Boyz (LA, San Diego), Nug (Sacramento, San Leandro, El Cerrito, Oakland) and The Cure Company (Inglewood, Crenshaw, DTLA) across California.

To keep up with Baby’s next moves in legal weed, visit his HoldingTHC Instagram or website. Not to be confused with JAY-Z’s Parent Company, Baby’s Holding Company is well-positioned to match bags with other MC-run marijuana businesses like JAY’s Monogram, Wiz Khalifa’s Khalifa Kush, B-Real’s Dr. Greenthumb’s, and Lil Kim’s Aphrodisiak.

Lil Baby’s 12 dankest rhymes about weed

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Lil Baby and Cookies announced Wham! back in April. (The Holding Company / Instagram)
  • “3.5 or better whenever I smoke, I see ‘em doin’ it, but I do the most.” “Moved to Miami” (2021)

Baby claimed last year that he pays $500 per ounce. So if he’s really smoking 3.5-gram blunts every time, he’s running through a zip every day or two by himself, at least. That’s definitely “doing the most.”

  • “If I ain’t smokin’ Runtz, then it’s probably Limoncello.” “Forever” (2020)

Runtz co-founder and chief marketer Yung LB helped secure the Leafly 2020 Strain of the Year honor by getting the game’s hottest rappers to shoutout Runtz with the same pride they use when name-dropping designer clothes and luxury cars.

  • “Come from out the trenches getting paid like a pop star, I be selling weed by the P like a Rasta” – “24” (2020)

This musical ode to Kobe Bryant included a few strong lines about bud, but this one hits the hardest.

  • “Joke’s Up! it gotta be stamped on the package/It’s the Real 1 you know that I’m taxing” – “Real As It Gets” (2021)

This subtle shoutout to Yung LB’s Joke’s Up! umbrella, and its Atlanta-based Real 1 brand, is another example of music’s power for turning weed into a status symbol.

  • “Ain’t been on the scene that much, I’m somewhere getting loaded. Ain’t talking ‘bout weed that I smoke our (drink) I poured’d. I’m talking ‘bout this money I been saving up” – “Frozen” (2022)

Do you know how high you have to be to rhyme loaded with poured’d?

  • “Ridin’ in the foreign, chiefin’ on the forest” Lil Baby “All In” (2020)

In 2021, Baby spent the night in a French jail cell after the car he was pulled over and cops said they smelled weed. They found almost an ounce, and fined Baby before releasing him the next day.

  • “Hold up, who got Backwoods? I need roll up” “Commercial” (2020)

Baby is a Backwoods aficionado. When you roll 3.5 gram blunts, woods are some of the only wraps that won’t break under the pressure.

  • “I keep money coming in constantly/My lil’ brodie and them be having Runtz for cheap” “Ramen & OJ” (2021)

More Runtz love. Maybe that kid from the viral Obama Runtz video wasn’t lying about Baby being a secret part of the Runtz crew.

  • “Baby keep it real with his people, Baby like a preacher, Baby prolly still sell reefer” “Baby” (2019)

If your preacher sells reefer, you are blessed and highly favored.

  • “My man’s still selling weed but he ain’t me so I can’t tell him stop/Then again I’m happy it’s just weed and he ain’t selling block” “DJ Clue Freestyle” (2020)

You want your friends to stop selling weed, but you respect their autonomy. Only solution: Start a legal weed line and give them jobs.


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  • “I can see me taking the lead over the new school/They remember me from selling weed at my old school.” “Emotionally Scarred” (2020)

States like New York, New Jersey and Illinois are giving legacy operators and non-violent cannabis offenders a shot at leading their adult-use markets. When Georgia finally goes green, Baby will be positioned alongside legacy brands like GasHouse, Sharklatto, and Real 1 to make a big play.

  • “Living like a don, might smoke a blunt in the back of the Maybach” “In a Minute (2022)

If you can’t relate to burning blunts in the back of your six-figure chauffeured car, smoking Wham! in the back of an Uber might provide similar effects*.

*Leafly and Lil Baby are not responsible for how your account rating is impacted by this boss decision.

Wham! Bam! Thank you, Baby!

Stay tuned for more updates from Wham! and other hot Pot Culture releases.

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Dan Reagans is a veteran journalist now living in Los Angeles. The Harlem native has covered culture and media for over a decade.

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How budtenders can better serve customers and patients




Dispensary staff are crucial to the success of a retail business. Budtenders are the outward face of your brand, and a bad experience with staff can sour a customer on your company for life.

Because staff can make or break the customer experience, incorporating employee training into your regular business practices contributes to a better business. By going over in-house practices and reiterating good customer service, you reinforce the care and attention you expect from your employees for your customers.

Here are some tips to keep in mind when training your staff to give an optimal experience for your dispensary visitors.


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Know the difference between a patient and a customer

Cannabis is inherently an unusual market; different states allow different degrees of legality and access, creating two distinct groups: medical patients and adult-use customers.

Patients rely on medical marijuana for improving their health, to treat and alleviate symptoms related to a potentially chronic or intractable condition. Many medical marijuana patients will thus have different needs and preferences than the casual cannabis consumer regarding ingredients, strains, and how intoxicated they want to be.

Their opinions on cannabis may also differ because they may not see cannabis as a recreational activity. They may also have dietary or respiratory needs that limit their options. Adult-use customers tend to shop based on the experience they want to have, by comparison.


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If your dispensary caters to both medical patients and adult-use customers, consider relegating a private space where patients can consult budtenders for advice on certain conditions or symptoms. This makes them feel more comfortable, and may better address their needs.

Medical ailments are a very sensitive topic and personal information, so patients may not want to discuss them publicly at the dispensary counter with customers waiting behind them in line.

Even if your dispensary isn’t strictly medical, make sure experienced staff with wide knowledge of cannabis medicine help patients. This is up to the discretion of the managers, of course, but patients are there for a specific and often urgent need. Their symptoms and conditions should be treated with respect and sincerity.

Ask questions (but don’t pry)

For a first-time customer, start with the basics. Ask them what kind of effect or experience they want—uplifting or sleepy, casual or intense? Do they prefer to smoke or are they looking for a non-inhalation products like edibles? No need to dive into complex terpenes or cannabinoids for now, unless they show an interest.


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With many adult-use consumers, getting to know them helps you get familiar with their tastes and habits. For a newbie who doesn’t want to smoke, you can steer them towards an alternative, like a vape pen or tincture. More experienced consumers can often tell you exactly which products they like, and you can make suggestions from there.

For patients, however, the experience can be a bit trickier. Finding the right cannabis product for a patient’s conditions often means delving into their medical history and past treatments. A patient may be less than forthcoming and might not want to discuss medical ailments in detail.

Don’t push them; instead, let them tell you what they’re hoping to accomplish with medical cannabis and base your recommendations on what they choose to share with you.Focus your queries on their symptoms and the products you have in-store.

Know your products

To best serve your customers and patients, you have to maintain a base knowledge of your dispensary menu and what the products do. Sample the different strains and test the edibles, vape cartridges, and topicals your dispensary carries on a regular basis.

Dispensaries in adult-use states often provide samples to budtenders and employees so they can speak from experience with customers and patients. Nothing turns off a potential customer more than a blank stare when they ask about a terpene profile or a new product on display.

Beyond trying all the new indicas, sativas and hybrids, spend time learning about the endocannabinoid system, the major cannabinoids, and how THC and CBD interact with the brain and body. Understanding the biological aspects of the products helps you determine how they might affect consumers.

This knowledge will help legitimize you as a trustworthy, respected source among new customers and patients, and it will also earn you the respect of anyone well-versed in the cannabis realm.

Follow the rules of customer service

Leafly best budtenders; budtender helping a customer
(Bill Hawley for Leafly)

Don’t be rude, and don’t make assumptions about your customers, whether it’s about how much money they have to spend or how they plan to consume their products.

Refrain from using a condescending tone, especially with first-timers and newbies. These people took a leap of faith walking into a cannabis shop, and a negative experience with a rude budtender can set them running in the opposite direction.

Serving your customers boils down to a few basic tenets: Be courteous, efficient, and friendly.

Keep it clean. Hygiene and a clean workplace are crucial to the impression your business makes on customers, especially after a pandemic. Wash your hands, before and after handling cannabis products (particularly in states where cannabis is still dispensed from large jars), or wear gloves. Keep in mind that your personal odor (perfumes and colognes included) may affect the scent of the cannabis.

Most importantly, don’t be too stoned to do your job well. Even if your employer allows consumption during work hours, don’t let your high undermine your interactions with patients and customers. If you know you can’t consume cannabis while being a productive, functional employee, wait until after your shift to toke up.

Ultimately, being a good budtender comes down to respect. Respect your fellow coworkers, your customers and patients, and the products you carry. A little respect goes a long way in making a good impression to your clientele.

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Supreme Court trial on homegrow ban reveals a bigger issue in federal cannabis legalization




In Canada, legalization grants people the ability to grow up to four cannabis plants per household for personal use—unless, of course, you live in Manitoba or Quebec.

The two provinces have banned adult-use cannabis cultivation at home since the beginning of federal legalization in 2018. A man from Quebec is trying to get the province to reconsider. Janick Murray-Hall is challenging the ban on behalf of himself and any others that may be penalized for growing cannabis at home.

The ongoing legal battle began in 2019 and reached another milestone as the case was heard before the Supreme Court of Canada on the morning of September 15. The hearing took place, as an exception, in Quebec City instead of Ottawa as part of a Supreme Court initiative to make the justice system more accessible to Canadians.

Does a provincial cannabis cultivation ban supersede the rights granted under federal legalization?

Murray-Hall believes that sections 5 and 10 of Quebec’s Cannabis Regulation Act are against Canadian’s charter rights and freedom on the grounds that they directly contravene the federal Cannabis Act. Under the Act, Canadians are permitted to grow and possess up to four cannabis plants per household for personal consumption. 

He says that federal law should take precedence over provincial legislation.

In court on Thursday, Murray-Hall’s lawyer, Maxime Guérin, accused the province of creating legislation to “stigmatize the possession and growing and consumption of cannabis,” saying that it undermined the values of the federal act.

“The Quebec government was really looking to offset or counteract the federal legislation,” Guérin told the court as he answered questions from the nine Supreme Court justices seated in the Quebec City courtroom.

Guérin also told the court that the federal regulations “seem to grant positive rights” to Canadians with regard to growing and possessing cannabis plants. 

But Patricia Blair, legal representation for the Attorney General of Quebec, told the court that while the federal Cannabis Act may render it not federally illegal to grow cannabis, it doesn’t give Canadians the right or entitlement to do so.

Blair noted that the Criminal Code is not intended to bestow “positive rights,” but to prohibit specific activities.

Blair also stressed that the provincial legislation, including the ban on home cultivation, is intended to ensure the respective safety of Quebec’s youth and its cannabis consumers.

This means that ultimately, according to Blair, the provincial legislation does in fact have “the same objective” as the federal Cannabis Act, despite Murray-Hill’s claims of a disparity.

The court also heard from a long line of interveners, whose role is to advance their own view of a legal matter before the court and to aid in providing a broader perspective on a particular issue than those of the respondents and appellants. 

Parties with intervener status included representatives from advocacy groups such as the Canadian Cancer Society, Canadian Association for Progres in Justice, and Cannabis Amnesty; from industry groups such as the Cannabis Council of Canada and Quebec Cannabis Industry Association; and the Attorneys General of Saskatchewan, Alberta, Ontario, British Columbia, and Manitoba, the latter being the only other province in Canada where home cultivation is banned. 

Canadians can grow four plants at home—except in Manitoba and Quebec

The legal challenge dates back to 2019 when applicant Murray-Hall, best known for being the creator of the parody website “Le Journal de Mourréal,” challenged two sections of the provincial cannabis legislation that prohibit Quebecers from growing cannabis at home and/or possessing cannabis plants for personal use. 

The Superior Court sided with Murray-Hall and found both sections 5 and 10 of the provincial Act to be constitutionally invalid.

In her ruling, Justice Manon Lavoie wrote that the sections infringed upon the jurisdiction of the federal government, which permitted the home cultivation of up to four plants per household and is solely responsible for the legislation of criminal affairs. 

Justice Lavoie noted that while the province could potentially place further limits on home cultivation, it could not ban the practice outright. But the decision was overturned in September 2021 by the Quebec Court of Appeal, which unanimously ruled the provisions in question to be constitutionally valid.

Murray-Hall then escalated the battle to the country’s highest court.

Despite overwhelming public support for home cultivation in surveys pre-legalization, growing cannabis at home will cost you. Persons caught possessing or growing cannabis for personal use in Quebec face a fine of $250 to $750 for a first offence, with the amount doubled for a second offence, under the current legislation. 


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La belle province has long had some of the strictest cannabis laws in the country, including the highest legal minimum age to consume (21 and over), limits on how much cannabis residents can possess in private, and additional restrictions on products like edibles, shirts, bongs, and books.

Manitoba is the only other province in Canada that has banned adult-use home cultivation. 

This trial could set the stage for challenging provincial bans in other provinces too

Outside of Quebec, Manitoba residents will be the most directly affected by the upcoming ruling.

A decision that upholds the provincial ban in Quebec would essentially set Manitoba’s own cultivation ban in stone. If the ban is struck down as unconstitutional then many homes in Manitoba may get a little bit greener in the near future, to the likely chagrin of the Attorney General’s office. 

For the rest of Canada, the consequences may be less immediately evident in day-to-day life, but Toronto-based lawyer and former NORML Canada director Caryma Sa’d told Leafly that the decision rendered in this case could set a precedent that has legal consequences that extend beyond home cannabis cultivation in Quebec. 

A good example of this might be Alberta (Attorney General) vs. Moloney, a 2015 case involving car insurance and a conflict between provincial and federal legislation that has been repeatedly cited by attorneys and in intervener factums as this case winds its way through the court system.

Sa’d says that Murray-Hill’s argument that federal law trumps provincial legislation has some validity and cites the doctrine of paramountcy, which stipulates that in cases where federal and provincial laws are in conflict, federal laws will prevail. 

The Societé Québecoise du Cannabis (SQDC) has earned an estimated $168.5 million in net income since legalization and recently announced a net income of $20.5 million for its first quarter ending in June 2022.

The conflict can consist of a direct operational conflict, where it is impossible to comply with both federal and provincial laws, or an indirect operational conflict, wherein the operation of provincial legislation “frustrates” the purpose of federal laws. 

But that doesn’t mean that the case is open-and-shut.

“In the name of co-operative federalism, [the doctrine of paramountcy] has to be applied with restraint,” Sa’d explains. The crux of the legal argument comes down to this—does the Cannabis Act actually grant Canadians the positive right to grow and possess cannabis plants?

“Yes, I do think that it grants people the positive right,” she says, but cautions that the Justices may not see it that way. “Ultimately, the outcome is impossible to predict.”

Is Quebec protecting citizens or profit margin?

While attorneys for the province and some interveners stressed that the cultivation ban was about protecting consumers and the safety of young people, others have wondered if the province might also be protecting its own financial interest as Quebecers’ only source of legal weed.

In a recent investigation by MJBiz Daily, reporter Matt Lamers revealed that the most profitable cannabis businesses in Canada were, in fact, owned by the government. Number two on the list? Quebec’s own Societé Québecoise du Cannabis (SQDC)—the province’s sole legal cannabis retailer.

The SQDC has earned an estimated $168.5 million in net income since legalization and recently announced a net income of $20.5 million for its first quarter ending in June 2022. With an additional $33.5 million in the form of consumer and excise taxes, the SQDC generated a total of $54 million for the Quebec government that quarter.

“The purpose of the SQDC is not to make profits, but rather a to be a non-profit corporate Corporation,” Guérin said at the end of the hearing, noting that the cash went into “government coffers,” albeit with the stipulation that it be re-invested.

Won’t somebody please think of the children?

The protection of youth was repeatedly cited throughout the hearing, with provincial Attorneys General stressing the ban as a means of keeping kids and young people safe. 

But Montreal researcher Kira London-Nadeau, chair of Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy, founder of VoxCann, and a strategic advisor for the national Cannabis & Psychosis project of the Schizophrenia Society of Canada, is skeptical of the province’s argument that the ban on home cultivation protects young people. 

“Since the plant needs to be properly prepared in order to deliver any psychoactive effects, growing cannabis at home does not mean youth will have unbridled access,” London-Nadeau told Leafly.

“But perhaps even more importantly, growing cannabis at home opens the door for families to have open, honest and de-stigmatizing conversations about cannabis use.”

London-Nadeau believes that an age-appropriate but straightforward approach is integral when it comes to the safety and well-being of kids and teens.

“We need to do away with the idea that protecting youth means hiding things away from them and take actual responsibility for ensuring that young people have the tools and knowledge to make their own informed decisions,” she says. “This is the best way to support youth.”

Don’t expect to learn the trial verdict anytime soon

When the Supreme Court will rule is anyone’s guess, but Sa’d estimated that it could be months—or longer—before Canadians hear a decision. Until then, home horticulturalists in Quebec will have to fly under the radar to avoid hefty fines.

Alternatively, Quebecers have the option of (illegally) purchasing cannabis products from the illicit market that provincial legislation sought to eradicate, or (legally) purchasing cannabis products from a provincial retailer and handing their money over to the government that enacted the ban.

Regardless of how the Justices rule, it’s somewhat ironic that the province that values its autonomy above all else has lost all decision-making power in its long-game attempt to defend it. With the case now in federal hands, all Quebecers can do is wait.

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Interview with a cannabis chef: Mike DeLao and his peanut budder cookies recipe




Mike DeLao’s love for cooking grew organically, in his grandmother’s kitchen where she made fresh tortillas every morning. This sense of community stayed with him as he grew up and went out into the world.

At 18, DeLao went off to college and had a culinary epiphany while partying with his friends, telling Leafly, “I realized that I was only caring about cooking for my friends at six in the morning; not really caring about the party all night.”

After this late-night revelation, DeLao decided to take a chance and change his major. In 2000, he joined Orange Coast College,  a top 10 culinary school in Costa Mesa, California. 

“It was just like trial by fire and learn, learn, learn,” says DeLao. On the cusp of graduation three years later, he got his first job as a chef in a fine dining restaurant, and later picked up a second gig at a raw food restaurant. But about three years in, Chef DeLao pinched a nerve in his back from the hard labor in the kitchens. 

While doctors prescribed him a plethora of prescription medications, one day he saw an ad that would change his trajectory. 

“Chronic back pain? Come get the chronic,” it said.

Mike DeLao meets edibles

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DeLao had been a casual, social cannabis consumer up until that point, but he wanted to get off the strong meds his doctor had prescribed. He inquired about cannabis, but his asthma posed a problem.

The obvious solution from there? Edibles. He got a medical recommendation in 2003 and found one rather hush-hush clinic in California to supply him. But the baked goods of 20 years were a far cry from what consumers can buy today. 

“I just bought whatever I could, all the cookies he had, every single one, and they were horrible! They tasted so bad, and it wasn’t that the cannabis tasted bad; it’s that they weren’t made correctly. The sugars weren’t built up right, the butters weren’t whipped right. Just procedurally, the cookie wasn’t made correctly. Someone for sure was throwing all the ingredients in the pots and mixing.”


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Rather than letting this sully his first experience with medical edibles, DeLao saw these disappointing cookies as an opportunity.

“It took about two months of begging and buying all those cookies to say, I will make the cookies for free, just pay me in cookies and let me fix them.”

The proprietor, the late Steven Lawrence, agreed and became what DeLao calls his “first mentor” in the cannabis world. 

“He took me in, and he was so serious about sick people. It was always about his son who had muscular dystrophy. We were gonna help the sick; it wasn’t just making cookies to make money.”

How Jack Herer changed Mike’s life

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Mike appeared on the Netflix show ‘Cooking on High.’

In 2008, DeLao attended the NORML conference in Berkley, and met the emperor of cannabis himself, Jack Herer

“He was in the booth next to me. I knew he had a strain named after him, and I thought I should give this guy some of my cookies. So, of course, I go over there, and I try to give him cookies, and he says, ‘I’m a diabetic. I can’t eat any of your stuff. Nothing you have is medicine.’”

Herer’s words massively impacted DeLao. He went back to Lawrence and together they began making a sugar-free line for their collective. 


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DeLao stayed in touch with Herer and his wife Jeanie, and they introduced DeLao to Rick Simpson Oil. Jeanie convinced DeLao to start providing RSO to patients so he could understand how it helped people in real-time. Today, he continues to use it in recipes and inform other’s about how he’s seen RSO change lives.

DeLao went on to have a show on Cannabis Planet, where he never made a single recipe with sugar. From there he landed a spot on Netflix’s Cooking on High, and contributed to two cookbooks, The Cannabis Kitchen Cookbook and The Official High Times Cannabis Cookbook.

Adapting to the legal market

Today, DeLao continues his mission of listening to patients and learning from them. He develops recipes for individuals and their needs, whether it’s a patient with no teeth in need of soft food, or another with specific dietary restrictions.

It’s still difficult for him not to want to give cannabis away to those that need it most, and leave money out of the equation.

In the meantime, Chef DeLao says he is leaning into his age as a cannabis veteran, and getting back to his “pachuco days,” to make himself the most “interesting man in cannabis” while working on several new projects.

He continues to cook with cannabis oil, developing healthy recipes with whole foods, raw foods, and complimentary healing ingredients for a fully holistic approach. 

“I just want people to remember that there’s sick people out there. It’s cool to have flashy products and large dabs, but there’s someone right now that is lying in their bed who can’t even eat food; if you just gave them a little help or gave them a free cookie, then you would change their life. Some of them are all alone, and they need somebody to care about them. The whole point of this whole thing was always to worry about those people.”

Chef Mike DeLao

Chef Mike’s peanut budder cookies

Mike is known for being a versatile chef who can make delicious goodies with or without sugar. For Leafly, he provided a tasty peanut budder cookie recipe that includes the sweet stuff. Modify this recipe and substitute as necessary if you have peanut allergies, diabetes, or other serious health considerations.

Delicious homemade peanut butter marijuana cookies.
These tasty treats zap the pain away. (fundio/Adobe Stock)

Yields: 24 servings

  • 1 cup unsalted cannabis-infused butter 
  • 1 cup  peanut butter 
  • 1 cup white sugar 
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar 
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour 
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder 
  • ½ teaspoon salt 
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda 

Tips for making infused butter: 

Melt the butter and fold in any good clean concentrate. Mike prefers a full spectrum ethanol extraction.


How to make edibles with concentrates and dabs

Chef says: one gram to one pound of butter will be enough, or you can use Leafly’s cannabutter recipe.

Once your butter is done, let cool to room temperature before making your cookie dough.

Baking the cookies:

  1. Cream butter, peanut butter, and sugars together in a bowl. Once incorporated, beat in the eggs.
  2. In a separate bowl, sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. Stir into butter mixture. 
  4. Cool dough in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
  5. Roll dough into 1-inch balls and lay on baking sheets. Flatten each ball with a fork, making a crisscross pattern. 
  6. Bake in a preheated 375º F oven for about 10 minutes or until cookies begin to brown.
  7. Eat one or two for pain!

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