Dan Anglin of EdiPure, maker of many popular kinds of pot-infused candies, held up a picture of home-cooked marijuana concentrate for sale online. Anglin pushed for warning labels and better training for dispensary employees but warned that rules forcing edible pot to be too weak may simply drive customers to the black market.
"People do have an expectation of intoxication" when they eat pot, Anglin said.
In Washington state, where retail sales don't begin until July, edible pot products will have the same 10mg serving size, with a maximum of 10 servings per package, said Brian Smith of the Washington State Liquor Control Board, which is regulating recreational pot sales.
Any marijuana "serving size" in food is a wild guess because so little is known about marijuana dosing, said Dr. Michael Kosnett of the Colorado School of Public Health. Pot studies are based on controlled amounts in pill form, not cannabis mixed with food, he said.
Colorado authorities are scrambling to do more to rein in edibles given the recent deaths and complaints. State lawmakers are considering legislation that would require edibles — the cookies and candies themselves, not just the wrappers — to be marked and colored to indicate they contain pot.
Another bill would reduce possession limits on concentrated marijuana, such as cannabis oils used in brownies or cookies. Both bills have passed the House and await Senate hearings Thursday.
Marijuana industry groups have supported the bills, even as they say that edible pot is just as legal as the leafy, dried drug that's rolled into joints and smoked.
The task force had no immediate deadline for suggesting new regulations on edibles.
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