Edibles have been in focus for the cannabis industry this week.
1. Cannabis companies are urging the Florida Department of Health to develop edible cannabis product regulations.
Voters passed a new law in June to allow medical cannabis edible products in Florida. But before vendors can begin developing and selling products, Florida Department of Health officials need to determine “by rule any shapes, forms, and ingredients allowed and prohibited for edibles.”
To speed up the process, Surterra Florida filed a petition for officials to start a rule-making process. “Patients receiving treatment from the petitioners’ medications are barred from doing so via the consumption of legally produced edibles,” Surterra’s attorney wrote.
Health department spokeswoman Mara Gambineri said the rules are already being worked on, but declined to give a time frame, according to Sun Sentinel.
2. Arizona’s Baked Bros encourage safe edible consumption by educating patients on edibles’ dosage and how the body processes them.
We interviewed Nadeem Al-Hasan, co-founder, who talked about what makes a good budtender – including knowing about how edibles differ from other cannabis products. “A lot of patients don’t know their dose. If you have the right dosage, you can make it more effective,” he said.
3. Colorado has banned gummy bears and other edibles that might appeal to kids.
A ban on and other edible marijuana products shaped like animals, people and fruit takes effect this month in Colorado, according to CBS.
“In an August letter responding to Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ request for information on marijuana legalization, Colorado’s governor highlighted the state’s progressively stricter packaging and labeling requirements as a key part of its efforts to minimize retail pot’s appeal to kids.”
4. An Oregon company creates baked-in labels for edibles.
Oregon-based Baked Smart, a company that focuses on safe edible consumption, wrote “If edibles look identical to regular food then it doesn’t matter what shape they come in. Kids and adults can still easily mix them up and eat one by accident. Instead let’s focus on making them easier to identify.”
Baked Smart has developed a line of baked-in edible labels called Cannacals, that are placed on baked goods prior to baking, and can’t be removed.
5. Canada will allow edibles within one year of cannabis legalization.
While Canada’s Cannabis Act allows legalization next summer, edibles were initially left out. This week, the House Standing Committee on Health approved an amendment to Canada’s legalization bill to allow edibles.
“Edibles containing cannabis and cannabis concentrates will be authorized for sale no more than 12 months of the proposed cannabis act,” said Liberal committee member John Oliver.