Simon Fraser University is celebrating graduate Garrett Downes, 26, for the cannabis-infused candy business he co-founded while attending classes at the university.
SFU sent Peace Arch News a news release Monday about the “superstar student,” saying the White Rock man – who graduated the next day – has carved a niche in the marijuana business.
One of the class assignments in the business program was to form an entrereneurial idea then test it in the real world.
Downes teamed with Jeff Salzsauler, a trained chocolatier, and two other students. Together, they came up with the idea to create cannabis-infused chocolates.
There was one problem, selling and manufacturing cannabis-infused anything is illegal. The group wanted to continue with the idea, but legally, so they sought a lawyer’s advice.
“The way we keep our hands clean is we never physically touch the THC… We’re just trying to be squeaky clean,” Downes told PAN Wednesday.
His company, Stolz Chocolates, supplies marijuana manufacturers with the tools and skills necessary for creating cannabis-infused chocolates, candy and coffee, according to the SFU news release. The consultation company sources equipment and provides training, support and recipes.
“We ended up signing a client instantly,” Downes said. “I can’t say who it is just because of liability, but a big player in the Canadian market.”
To create the recipes, Downes said the company experiments with no THC. It’s up to the producer, he said, to add THC extract during the production process.
Downes said the company’s clients are required to sign a contract that gives Stolz royalties of the candy sales.
The Stolz Chocolates website says: “Stolz makes chocolate cannabis edibles of unparalleled taste, class and quality. Stolz cannabis edibles are made in small batches by expert chocolatiers, and feature industry leading dosage control and socially responsible manufacturing and