Health Officials Move To Protect Kids From Medical Marijuana Candies

WASHINGTON:  Marijuana edibles are blamed for a recent spike in child overdose cases, and now King County health officials are calling for a pot candy crackdown.

Joe McDermott, chair of the King County Board of Health, introduced a resolution this week to help protect children who might mistake potent “medibles” as sugary treats.

“The resolution before us calls on the Washington State Legislature to use their authority this session to regulate the medical marijuana market in alignment with the rules established for the recreational marijuana market,” McDermott said.

Bringing medical regulations in line with retail rules could result in a ban on many of the products currently sold at dispensaries. The goal is eliminate things that would be “especially appealing to children.” There is no list of such items, but pot-infused cotton candy, gummy bears, lollipops and similar items would likely fall into this category, according to staff at the state Liquor Control Board, which regulates the recreational market.