Marijuana flavoured brownies... Yah I markets the Happy Cake
LODGE, St Ann:
In the heart of Lodge community in north-east St Ann, you will see him on a daily basis on the side of the road holding up a sign that reads "Brownies", with the print of a marijuana leaf emblazoned below the word.
Artist, community motivator, and herbalist is how Rastafarian brethren Yah I, describes himself. More importantly, he sells marijuana-flavoured brownies and has the secret recipe, with which he hopes to impress the world.
"Brownie is a cake that is made from the manifestation of the marijuana, which is transformed into oil, and we combine the oil with the chocolate. We buy Danish chocolate, or French vanilla, or cherry, and we integrate those and make an awesome taste," Yah I explained to Rural Xpress.
Yah I describes the brownie as a "happy cake" that is marketed for adults 18 years and over and which is good for the body.
"We have been eating all our lives just to fill our stomach. Now, the brownie cake is also for filling, but it leaves the internal atmosphere with a happy feeling. We're now having a happy food, so we call it the happy cake."
"We have elders with epilepsy, elders with chronic pain, elders with asthma, who are endorsing the cake and having release (relief) full time. So we give thanks that we could represent these things in this time and represent Rastafari."
mainly a visitor cake
Most of his support comes from visitors who travel through Lodge to reach White River Valley, where attractions such as Wata Land and Blue Hole are located.
"It is mainly a visitor cake, for some reason, but we Jamaicans need to appreciate the marijuana vibration. The brownies represent an alternative to smoking for people who don't want to smoke, but want to be in a relaxed mood," he argued.
Yah I expressed appreciation for what he termed the "liberation" of the marijuana, with recent amendments to the law allowing persons to carry a small amount of the herb without being arrested.
"We the brownie king have a recipe (just like how Kentucky has their secret recipe) wha we naa give to nobody until we set up an entity with a licence and labelled name. We're in the process of working on it," Yahi I said.
But he needs help, he says, in how to properly set up the business. He is appealing to the Government and private sector to help in order to make the happy cake a successful brand coming out of Jamaica.