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Washington Cannabis Edible Rules Need Improvement

marijuana red velvet browniesThe Washington State Liquor Control Board released new rules for cannabis edibles that are sold in stores. Washington started allowing recreational retail stores to sell cannabis on July 7th. The rules allow cannabis edibles in some cases, but not all cases. Cannabis-infused brownies and cookies are OK, but cannabis-infused candies are not.

The reasoning behind allowing some cannabis-infused edible products to be sold, but not others? Cannabis-infused products that appeal to children will be prohibited. This seems kind of inconsistent and vague to me. Lollipops are prohibited because they will appeal to children. But don’t cookies and brownies appeal to children too? I know when I was a kid, getting my hands on a cookie or brownie was as high a priority as getting my hands on a candy bar.

Where is the line drawn? If the standard is that it can’t appeal to children, then it leaves the door open to prohibit just about anything. When I was a kid, I loved pizza, pasta, potatoes, and just about any other food I could get my hands on. Different kids have different preferences. Show me a food product, and chances are I can find a kid that likes it. To me, Washington’s edible rules are a slippery slope that are ripe with potential for arbitrary government regulations and prohibitions.

I’ll be the first to state that cannabis shouldn’t get into the hands of children. I am very much on board with creating rules and regulations that help achieve that goal. However, a person can only purchase those items by going to a licensed store, which checks ID before they let anyone frequent the establishment. The packages that are used clearly label what is inside, and make it clear that it’s not for consumption by children. Isn’t that enough?

There are alcohol products that are flavored to be similar to popular candies, yet they are not prohibited. How is that any different? Kids love whipped cream and cinnamon candies, and there are vodkas on liquor store shelves right now that are flavored to taste similar to those products. Does this mean that they should be banned? Of course not. Those products are only sold at licensed outlets that require ID. If those rules are good enough for alcohol, why aren’t they good enough for the cannabis industry?

  • bob3434

    How about parents start educating their children properly (by not lying to them) instead of blaming the world for their problems? Or place the medicine in some type of cabinet away from children. Maybe when federal law changes, the DARE education propaganda can get updated with something from an actual health professional. Negligent DARE education has left kids in the dark and we should take from the police pension fund for damages to update this. Since most of those cops responsible are likely retire(d) by now.

  • Ron

    Another favorite of the Reefer Madness Redux crowd is the danger to dogs. A common report runs that Fido got into a batch of canna brownies and wolfed the whole lot down in a matter of seconds and soon lapsed into comatose state. (I, for one, would never leave something so valuable within access of a critter whose insatiable appetite is so well known.) What they fail to point out is that chocolate is toxic to dogs and is the likely culprit.

    • Dusty Relic

      There is a short list of foods that are toxic to dogs. Macadamia nuts are on it. Chocolate is on it. Avocados and grapes are on it. Cannabis is not on it.

  • Washington Ganja girl

    The lick her board are a bunch of ignorant stupid fucking assholes, who in the fuck gave them the power to inflict their nazi ideas in washington? Why not let Kevin Sabet be in charge. Morons

  • SMMA

    Perhaps we should also ban whiskey & coke in bars, being kids love soda.

  • painkills2

    See, if you want your children to take the drugs made by big pharma, there’s all the different flavors of a syrupy, sugar-laden, delicious additive that is easy to buy at the drug store. It makes all medicine taste like — wait for it — candy.

  • Amazing. So you can have fentanyl lollipops at home, but not cannabis lollipops. The former would potentially kill a child, while the latter definitely would not.

  • Dusty Relic

    The sugar in candy is way more dangerous than the cannabis extracts.