Oregon Lawmaker Says Marijuana Candy Overdose Shows State Needs To Move Slowly On Recreational Pot

OREGON:  A key lawmaker says a marijuana overdose in an Oregon resort town shows the need to go slowly on making pot-infused candies, cookies and other edibles available to the public.

Sen. Ginny Burdick, a Portland Democrat who co-chairs a committee working on implementing the ballot measure approved last fall that legalized recreational marijuana. She said Wednesday she’s not willing to allow the sale of marijuana edibles until regulators figure out how to control potency and keep them away from kids.

“I don’t think we are in a position to approve any kind of edibles right now,” Burdick said. “We have to figure out a way to package them, label them, and make sure people understand the dosage.”

Commercial pot sales are not expected to start until late 2016, though Oregonians can legally possess up to a half pound of marijuana at home starting in July.

 

Three Things You Should Remember (But Probably Won’t) If You Get Too High On Marijuana Edibles

COLORADO-In case you haven’t heard, New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd ate a marijuana candy bar in a Denver hotel room and had an intensely uncomfortable experience that left her feeling confused and, at times, frightened.

Using marijuana edibles to get high doesn’t typically produce such an extreme departure from reality — but it can. While pot-infused foods have been around for decades, as Colorado continues to adapt to its new marijuana laws, these products have emerged as a popular and potent way to get stoned. And as with any substance, there’s a potential for misuse.

The best way to avoid a bad trip like Dowd’s would be to make sure you’re informed about proper dosages and to always approach marijuana, and especially edibles, with caution. But due to a lack of proper education, reckless behavior, or perhaps purely by accident, this is sometimes harder than it sounds. So there you are, high as balls and 1,000 percent positive your life is about to end. We’re here to help you get through this potentially agonizing experience.

Above all, just remember…