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Jun 20, 2017 1:18 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Company Has High Expectations For Cannabis-Infused 'Hamptons' Chocolate Line

Evan Gappelberg, owner of Hampton Chocolate Factory in Westhampton Beach, is moving into the cannabis business. BY ERIN MCKINLEY
Jun 20, 2017 1:50 PM

Though he would never call it a half-baked idea, Evan Gappelberg acknowledges that he needed a little time to review the proposal.

A few months back, representatives of Future Farm Technologies—a Canadian firm that produces high-quality products made from cannabis oil, including chocolate bars and gummy bears—reached out to Mr. Gappelberg and his wife, Caroline, who own Hamptons Chocolate Factory in Westhampton Beach, to inquire if they’d be interested in selling some of the licensing rights to their luxury chocolate line.

Specifically, the company, which has its headquarters in Vancouver, wanted to borrow some of the East Quogue couple’s chocolate recipes—as well as use its “Hamptons” branding—to create a new luxury line of sweets infused with cannabis oil.

After some discussion, the business partners agreed to sell the licensing, and Future Farm Technologies’ new line of marijuana-infused chocolate—known as “Hamptons Reserve”—could be available for purchase at select shops in California as soon as this fall, or early next year, where it is now legal for adults to purchase small quantities of the drug without a prescription.

Last fall, Californians approved Proposition 64, which allows those over age 21 to legally possess up to an ounce of the drug and up to six marijuana plants per household.

“We are going to create the preeminent luxury, high-quality cannabis brand,” Mr. Gappelberg said on Friday, and stressing that the new products will not be sold in New York. “It will have the look, the feel, the taste, and the smell of something you can trust—something you know is quality—just by the name.”

As part of the couple’s agreement with Future Farm Technologies, the company also retains the right to sub-license the “Hampton Chocolate” name as other states legalize the recreational use of marijuana, according to a press release issued by the company. Mr. Gappelberg said the couple will receive a percentage of the future sales of the marijuana-infused chocolates as part of the agreement, though he declined to offer specific figures.

Representatives of Future Farm Technologies did not return requests for comment.

While he said he understands the concerns of those upset about the legalization of pot in certain states, Mr. Gappelberg noted that the drug has many medicinal properties, and that the new line of chocolates could soon help those suffering from cancer and other diseases who do not want to smoke the drug.

“It is kind of like the end of prohibition in my mind,” Mr. Gappelberg said. “You have this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to participate in the legalization of cannabis.

“If we can help people and be a part of that once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, I feel like it is a perfect combination of the two things,” he continued.

While he and his wife are taking on a new business venture, Mr. Gappelberg said he wants to make it clear to their loyal customers that the marijuana-infused sweets are a separate endeavor from Hampton Chocolate Factory. He added that anything that is made for Hampton Reserve, a publicly traded company, will not be sold through Hampton Chocolate Factory, especially since recreational marijuana use is illegal in New York State.

He did note, however, that he will serve as a recipe consultant for Future Farm Technologies.

In a prepared statement, Bill Gildea, the CEO of Future Farm Technologies, said the firm is happy to be working with the business partners.

“We are excited to add this unique, recognizable upscale brand as part of our product offering,” Mr. Gildea states in the release, dated May 26. “With the Hamptons Reserve brand, we will instantly be able to command the attention of cannabis enthusiasts looking for the highest quality edibles, while at the same time opening the door to licensing revenue.”

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