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Pot lollipops at Lakers parade? Vendor says they were made of legal hemp

June 22, 2010 |  7:37 pm

Has a pot lollipop vendor joined the lunch trucks peddling tacos, Korean barbecue and Vietnamese sandwiches? If so, few in Los Angeles would be surprised. Boldness, innovation and testing the limits define both the city’s food truck culture and its shape-shifting marijuana scene.

Bilal Muhammad drove his eye-catching Weed World Candies van, decorated with bikini-clad women and marijuana leaves, to the L.A. Lakers celebration on Monday. He said he was selling marijuana lollipops in popular varieties such as OG Kush and Granddaddy Purple, and he asked a customer if he had a doctor’s recommendation to use medical marijuana.

But Muhammad said Tuesday the lollipops were made with a non-psychoactive variety of marijuana that is legal to consume in the United States. “It’s actually hemp candy,” he said. “In cases like this, when we are trying to promote, we use hemp.”

He said his business is 10 years old and has six vans with teams of candy boys and candy girls. “We are mobile right now. We’re based out of Atlanta and Birmingham and Miami and L.A.,” he said. “We’re kind of just like all over the place now.”

Muhammad offered Tuesday to show off the van and discuss his business, but then could not be found at the rendezvous site at Hollywood Boulevard and La Brea Avenue. He did not return several calls.

The website for WeedWorldCandies.com, which is displayed on his van and his business card, is not active, but an archived page from two years ago advertises “genuine hemp candy.”

In a brief interview, Muhammad described himself as a “natural kind of person” and a marijuana-legalization activist who believes that hemp, which can be used to make paper and cloth, ought to be raised and processed in the United States. Under federal law, hemp can be imported but it cannot be grown. “That’s our thing. We want to industrialize the use of hemp,” he said.

He also said he was working with medical marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles.

“What we’re trying to do right now, we’re trying to get into position to be a mobile dispensary,” he said. Numerous delivery services already exist in Los Angeles.  The city does not regulate mobile dispensaries, but one city councilman is pushing a measure that would crack down on them.

-- John Hoeffel