Local grandma making a splash in the world of 'medibles'

Local grandma making a splash in the world of 'medibles' »Play Video
SEATTLE -- A local grandmother is taking advantage of the state's new marijuana laws by opening her very own pot bakery.

Christine Buck, who goes by the name Grandma Happy Cakes, puts marijuana into everything she makes.

Nearly 40 years ago, Buck ran a bakery in California, but she gave it up to chase a more lucrative career.

That didn't pan out. Now, at 64-years-old, she's gambling on a new career. By combining her love for baking and her desire to help others in pain, Buck is betting her future on the state's changing attitude toward marijuana.

"I knew I needed a niche these days and I started to think about it," she said.

Buck is one of many entrepreneurs seeing opportunity in what are called medibles, or pot-fused products like brownies, cookies and pastries.

A typical brownie goes for $1.50 or so, but Buck's brownies cost $5 to $6. The added price comes from the expensive hash oil she uses for cooking.

Buck operates under the radar, using a commercial kitchen where owners are sympathetic to her cause.

"Yeah, there is a mystique, but I'm not afraid of it because I know what I'm doing is right," she said.

The medible business is growing across the state, but it's still unregulated. There are no product-safety inspections and no labeling requirements.

An authorized medical marijuana user herself, Buck voluntarily lists her ingredients and the strain of marijuana she uses.

"We only use pharmaceutical grade hash oil," she said.

Buck's treats are available only at medical marijuana dispensaries, but she -- like many others -- sees a day when that won't be the case.

"You go into the grocery store and buy some hooch and they have to check your ID, then that's what they have to do here in my little bakery," she said.

Buck was facing foreclosure on her house, but now she's making enough money to keep it, while at the same time brining happiness to others.