Meet Mary Jane Rathbun, Mother of the Pot Brownie

Article by Colleen Fisher Tully, Leafly News

Lifestyle Meet Mary Jane Rathbun, mother of the pot brownie Colleen Fisher Tully (New Africa/AdobeStock)

Mary Jane Rathbun was in the midst of baking when she heard a knock on the door of her small apartment in the Castro district of San Francisco. The then-60-year-old opened her home to a young man intent on buying some special brownies. By this point in 1981, Rathbun had been selling pot brownies for so many years that cannabis and cocoa were familiar scents in the halls of her building. But when the man revealed himself as an undercover officer, she replied, “Oh shit.”

The report from that raid listed 50 lbs of flour and sugar, 22 dozen eggs, 20 lbs of cannabis and 35 lbs of margarine. A furious Rathbun was later quoted as saying, “The narcs may not know any better but that was the finest quality butter!”

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