Nov. 12, 2009 — A decorated chocolatier plans on developing high-quality medical marijuana chocolates—and change California’s medical marijuana legislation in the process.

Sweet Relief

Chocolatier aims to make medical marijuana go down easy

By Christie Chisholm

Scott Van Rixel’s career in food started the day following his 12th birthday, with a dishwashing job at a Serbian fish fryery. “My mom and my dad would pick me up Friday night and make me strip down to my underwear outside because I stunk so bad of fish,” he recalls. “It was miserable, but I loved it.”

Since that first title of dishwasher, Van Rixel has collected a few more for his résumé, including European certified chef de cuisine and master chocolatier. His primary business, Chocolate Cartel, started as an outdoor confection stand on Taos Plaza. Eight years and a move to Albuquerque later, his chocolates are shipped all over the world, to places as far as Japan and the Middle East.

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