Marijuana Infused Snacks – Too Much of a Good Thing?
For those who prefer to snack on rather than smoke their marijuana, there are a number of tasty treats available. But, are these too tasty?
That's exactly what some people are beginning to think. Actually, the problem isn't so much about taste as it is about potency.
A report published by The Oregonian says marijuana regulators in that state are looking at reducing the amount of cannabis in edibles to half of what is allowed in Colorado.
Oregon has kept a close watch on Colorado and Washington, the first states to legalize recreational marijuana, to see what pitfalls they may have experienced.
Oregon regulators found cases in Colorado where some rookie consumers had high-profile and, in at least one case, tragic experiences after consuming food made with cannabis.
In both Colorado and Washington, marijuana-related calls to poison centers increased after legalization.
Currently, Colorado allows a maximum of 10 milligrams of THC per serving and 100 milligrams per package. The Oregon proposal would limit edibles to a maximum of 5 milligrams per serving and 50 milligrams per package
Another concern in all states with edibles is the potential those products could be eaten by children. In 2014, the first year recreational marijuana was legal in Colorado, Children's Hospital treated 14 kids under the age of 10 for marijuana ingestion. Data for 2015 is not yet available.
An analysis of Colorado's pot use by Marijuana Policy Group, a Denver-based economic and policy consulting firm, found edibles accounted for an estimated one-third of recreational marijuana sales last year.