Washington Tackles Infused Candy
Washington Tackles Infused Candy – Cannabis-infused edibles remain a public concern as legal pot expands across the country. Atop these concerns is the legitimate fear that edibles, in the form of candies and other familiar foods, might end up in the hands of children.
Youths may not recognize these products as containing pot. Or worse, irresponsible companies might be tempted into creating edibles that look like snacks kids commonly eat, thus marketing towards underage users.
Which is why firm regulations in this area, overseen by state government regulators, are so critical. Underage citizens must be protected from legal pot, as they are from alcohol. At the same time, however, regulation should not overstep. Cannabis edibles are a favorite among legal-age users — a reliable source of profit for companies that produce them responsibly.
For a look at regulations that strike the right balance, consider new laws forthcoming in Washington State. The government there nearly banned THC candies over similar fears explained above. Rather than take that drastic step, though, politicians reconsidered and came back with new restrictions that allow candies while also enhancing public safety.
Chief among these new restrictions is a rule against bright colors for candies or their packaging. Instead, companies must choose from among a “standard pantone color book that sets the list of colors and specified ranges within those colors.” The hue of an edible does not affect the psychotropic or medicinal outcome, so why not color these cannabis products in a way that does not make children mistake them for a sweet treat?
Also included in the new bill, likely to pass, are limits on the shapes of candies. (An exception allows broader range of shapes for nonprofit collaborations and naturally occurring colors.) Again the point is to dissuade kids from misidentifying these products as benign sugary snacks. Forcing companies to make THC edibles in shapes unlike typical candies could be enough to give a child pause, enough time for reconsideration, before reaching for these drugs.
These new laws would also prevent companies from purposely designing edibles in a manner that subliminally advertises towards underage users by appearing like common candies that kids already eat.
Unsurprisingly, the Washington CannaBusiness Association praised these proposed restrictions. “The agency’s new interim policy decision, informed by the input of bipartisan elected leaders and regulated industry representatives, provides a transparent review and approval process going forward for safe, quality-controlled products for adult and medicinal use,” the association said in a release. “Our shared goal is to support the long-term viability of our state’s cannabis marketplace while also keeping cannabis out of the hands of minors.”