Consumers Develop a Taste for Marijuana Edibles

Bend processors say they cannot keep up with demand.

The whir and hum of pumps provided background music in a warren of small rooms in a second-floor, nondescript section of an industrial building in northeast Bend. 

That music was money being made, in the form of oil extracted from marijuana flowers and leaves, and infused into edibles like gel candies, or baked into macaroons, or, in a solid form, dusted onto nuts and pretzels. 

Cameron Yee, owner of Lunchbox Alchemy, said that since food, beverages, extracts and topical applications infused with THC, the psychoactive compound in marijuana, became available to all Oregon adults in June, his firm can barely keep up with demand. 

“As far as infused products, when we started out, was about 10 percent of the marketplace,” Yee said Monday. “Right now, you’re looking at closer to 40 to 50 percent of the dispensary sales are an oil...

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