Washington State Kills Cannabis Infused Candies

The Washington State Liquor & Cannabis Board dropped the hammer on the edibles sector of the legal marijuana industry in the state.

In an announcement on Wednesday of this week, the Board specifically banned the production and sale of all cannabis infused hard candies, gummy candies, or anything that they deem may be “appealing to children” based on things as arbitrary as “color”.

The edibles market in Washington State makes up roughly 9% of the total cannabis sector, but that market is about to take a huge hit, and not in the way that cannabis users prefer to take a big hit.


“What about the kiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiids??”

Study after study has proven that when a state legalizes and REGULATES the adult use of cannabis, teen use of the plant plummets. It’s a combination of proper laws preventing them access and the fact that it’s just not as cool when it’s legal.

The announcement from the Board states, without any sources:

These restrictions were intended to address public safety concerns related to increased risk of accidental ingestion of marijuana by children and youth.

Oh, so which is it?

Are cannabis manufacturers targeting the youth, as is so often claimed? Or are the youth just accidentally eating weed?

Because the former is patently false, and the latter is - as is so often the case with kids - a parenting issue.

If those concerned want to discuss actual business models that use questionable imagery aimed at fueling addiction in children, we can think of plenty of non-cannabis-related examples.

Yeah... we didn't think so...

The Board also claims that “stakeholders” have concerns about cannabis infused edibles.

Who are these stakeholders?

This is a great example of why we should not be treating cannabis like alcohol, and we damn sure shouldn’t have one agency overseeing both. It is an environment ripe for corruption, bias, and conflicts of interest.

Still, the Board enacted WAC 314-55-077(7) which states:

“A marijuana processor is limited in the types of food or drinks they may infuse with marijuana. Marijuana-infused products that are especially appealing to children are prohibited. Products such as, but not limited to, gummy candies, lollipops, cotton candy, or brightly colored products, are prohibited.”

That means that the following products will be banned starting in 2019:

· Candy – hard candy (of any style, shape or size) and tarts.

· Fruit chews, jellies and all gummy type products.

Furthermore, the following products will be heavily scrutinized to see if they meet the new standards being established:

· Chocolate

· Cookies

· Caramels

· Mints

Some examples of the criteria these products must meet to avoid the banhammer that was dropped on candies:

· Chocolate must be in its original color and not coated, dipped, sprayed or painted with any type of color

· Chocolate must be in the shape of a bar or ball. No shape or design that is especially appealing to children (Kids hate chocolate BARS, right??)

· Caramel and fruit caramels can have no color, shape or design that is especially appealing to children

· Cookies cannot contain sprinkles or frosting

· Mints must have no color (white or white with small color fleck is allowed to represent the flavor only)

Examples of cannabis infused products that will likely remain untouched by the Board’s new ban (assuming they meet the above criteria) include:

· Beverages

· Baked Goods

· Capsules

· Chips and Crackers

· Sauces and Spices

· Tinctures

The ban will take effect on January 1st of 2019 and licensees will have until April 3rd, 2019 to deplete their existing stock. They couldn’t even wait until 4/20? The nerve…

Any items still unsold after the April 3rd deadline will be destroyed according to state law WAC 314-55-097.

This half-baked argument in opposition of edibles that they are somehow aimed at our youth is so damn tired and has been debunked by the facts on the ground in states like Colorado and right there in Washington. As those on the wrong side of history tend to do, the pot prohibitionists in Washington quietly and deceivingly moved the goalposts in that debate so that now the “concern” is about “accidental ingestion”.

News flash: Tide Pods are still for sale at the grocery store and kids are INTENTIONALLY eating those.

The entire debate is disingenuous and now any adult in the state of Washington who enjoys eating legal weed in any form of candy is out of luck, but we’re supposed to believe that a kid will leave a cookie alone just because it doesn’t have sprinkles.

A step backwards in Washington State.

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