Forget about superfluous events like the crisis in Ukraine, Obamacare premiums, or global warming. Here's the news that Washington residents really want to know about: what types of marijuana edibles will they be able to purchase legally?
Recently, the Washington Liquor Control Board released its guidelines on what pot consumable products will be permitted under state law. Among the allowable edibles: brownies, cookies, cakes, and similar baked goods. But pot-laced or infused candies such as jellybeans, gummy sweets, and lollipops are verboten. The board says that this latter category involves products that are "especially appealing" toward children. (This assumes that kids like candy more than cookies or cake, and that adults prefer baked goods over sweets. Accurate or arbitrary?)
In addition, those marijuana businesses who produce pot edibles will have to jump through quite a few hoops in order to comply with the law.
Among the regulations:
- Each item must be prominently labeled as containing marijuana.
- Each item must be tested for THC potency.
- Marijuana derivatives must be spread evenly throughout the product.
- Processing facilities must pass a state-sanctioned inspection.
- Processors must submit a photo of the item, complete with packaging and labels, for state approval.
Even though at least one Washington business has successfully navigated the red tape in order to legally sell marijuana edibles, it's unclear when these products will hit store shelves - or how much supply there will be initially. On that note, some industry observers are saying that the overall shortage of legal marijuana will last for months. So it remains to be seen how viable the pot edible market will be in the short term.