• Shannon DeGrooms

Medicated Brownie Recipe: Homage To A Feminist Icon

The OG Pot Brownie Recipe

+ Homage to Meridy Volz: Artist & Accidental Cannabis Feminist Icon

With Women’s History Month quickly approaching, we are excited to revisit the fascinating history of “the original pot brownie lady”, Meridy Volz.

Why there isn’t a Netflix documentary on the life and times of Meridy Volz, artist, activist, and creator of the infamous “Sticky Fingers Brownies”, we’re not entirely sure.

(hint, hint Netflix).

Luckily, her equally brilliant daughter, Alia Volz, has written and released a memoir detailing the time when her mom's San Francisco bakery was producing 10,000 cannabis brownies every month to support those suffering with HIV/AIDS.

(Photo courtesy of Alia Volz)

Hell, the first ingredient listed is, “Magic”.

Meridy Volz in her hippie days. (Photo courtesy of Alia Volz)

After digging into the vaults of the 1970’s San Francisco ganja scene, we learned that Volz’s story was anything other than that of your average narcotics kingpin.

Or shall we say, queenpin?

Why did Meridy name her pot brownies “sticky fingers”, anyway?

Well, that part was an accident. After accepting the business from another SF queenpin who sold coffee, little pieces of bread, and “just one dozen pot brownies in a special bag” each day at Fisherman’s Wharf; Volz, who knew a lot about pot, yet little about baking, forgot an imperative ingredient in her first batch: the flour!

Legend has it that Volz, a “flower child, the real deal hippie”, evaded her only federal drug indictment in 1969 because she refused to open a package on the grounds that it was addressed to someone else, “a federal offense,” she exclaimed. That “someone else” was a 6-month old baby, Volz’s cousin’s child, she told Criminal podcast in a 2016 interview. Way to use language to stick it to em’, Meridy!

In their heyday, 10,000 of these infamous pot brownies were sold every month out of a San Francisco warehouse. Ten THOUSAND. In the nineteen-seventies! Indeed the Women’s Rights Movement was beginning to make strides, but a woman bringing in that type of income, at that time, was revolutionary.

Here’s what you’ll need for Volz’s Sticky Fingers Pot Brownies:

note: all verbiage as originally written.

  • 8 ozs of “Magic” (over-dried, powdered in a food processor, sifted, California-grown sinsemilla leaf. Note: chaff may be used later for grass oil.)

  • 5 sticks of butter

  • 16 eggs/6 cups of sugar

  • 3 cup flour

  • 3 tsp. salt

  • 16 oz., unsweetened baking chocolate

  1. Melt butter in a double boiler, and stir in the “Magic”. This is the “Ghee”

  2. Combine eggs and sugar in a large bowl.

  3. Slowly melt chocolate in another double-boiler.

  4. When the Ghee has boiled for 30 min., add flour, powder, salt to eggs, and sugar. Then add the Ghee and the chocolate.

  5. Pour into 4 9”x12” greased baking pans.

  6. Bake at 400F, patting down the batter several times with a spatula to keep it from rising. When the brownies are solid, but still very moist, remove them from the oven and cover with a towel to keep moisture in.

….Yields 8 dozen 2”x 2” brownies.

“Power to the People” read the packaging on the final batch of microdose pot brownies to circulate SF and beyond.

I wonder, though, is the current racial, gendered, and socio-economic climate in cannabis the “power to the people” in which Volz spoke of?