Edible Marijuana Sales And Public Health Concerns Flourish In Garden City

COLORADO:  John and Mary Rotherham, 74 and 73, aren’t exactly a couple of hippies.

Despite the fact that their son, John Rotherham Jr., owns a medical marijuana store in Garden City, the pair never even touched pot until they reached their 70s.

But when arthritis in John’s leg and back began keeping him awake at night, his son recommended edible marijuana in the form of a candy bar from his Nature’s Herbs and Wellness Center, 522 27th St. in Garden City. Doctors recommended a shot in his spine three to four times a year.

Pot brownies have had a home in college dorm rooms for decades, but with the legalization of weed in Colorado, a flurry of new marijuana-infused edibles, from candy bars to sodas to spice cakes, have hit recreational shelves and gained popularity as an alternative way to get high.


Cheeba Chews Production Halted By CO Marijuana License Denial

COLORADO:  Cheeba Chews began as an experiment in a home kitchen and grew into one of the biggest successes of Colorado’s medical marijuana industry, winning awards and attracting fans with the promise of being “potent, consistent and discreet.”

Then, last spring, the medicated chocolate taffy began disappearing from shelves. There was no public explanation other than a letter from CEO James Howler citing “internal changes.” He promised things would get back on track soon.

The reasons behind the upheaval — spelled out more precisely in records and correspondence reviewed by The Denver Post — provide an inside look at how questionable marijuana business structures and state regulatory delays in scrutinizing them can lead to problems.

Cheeba Chews’ case also exposes a blind spot in the state’s regulation of edibles companies: By licensing out production, owners effectively can skirt the scrutiny that others in the business face, including criminal background checks and Colorado residency requirements.

Cheeba Chews stopped production after the state in March denied the business license application of Green Sky Confections, which had a licensing agreement to produce and distribute the brand.



Guest: It’s Time To Start Child-Proofing Marijuana

By David Sack

In states where medical and recreational cannabis sales are allowed, disquieting new trends and statistics are proving its unique dangers for those most vulnerable to its effects: children.

One such statistic is a spike in calls to poison-control centers. According to the National Poison Data System, calls about accidental ingestion of marijuana in children 9 and younger more than tripled in states that decriminalized marijuana before 2005.

In states that enacted legalization from 2005 to 2011, calls increased nearly 11.5 percent per year. Over the same period in states without decriminalization laws, the call rate stayed the same. In the decriminalized states, such calls were also more likely to result in critical-care admissions. Neurological effects were the most common.

These findings led the study’s authors to recommend warning labels and child-resistant packaging, especially for edible marijuana products that resemble candy.

Assemblyman Al Graf Gets Last Laugh On Medical Marijuana

NEW YORK:  They laughed at him back then. But Assemblyman Al Graf ended up getting the change he wanted in a medical marijuana bill currently under consideration in the State Legislature.

Graf (R-Holbrook) drew snickers two weeks ago when, while debating the bill, he asked why there were no provisions to prevent marijuana products from being sold in the edible form of “gummy bears,” chocolate bars and cookies. He went on for a good 10 minutes, talking about problems in Colorado — which has legalized pot outright — where marijuana is sold in candy forms.

But Graf got the last laugh: Legislators who sponsor the bill agreed this week to amend it to specifically ban “confections, carbonated beverages and products that are marketed to children.”

Colorado Lawmakers Consider New Requirements For Marijuana Edibles

COLORADO:  The gummy bears were just sweet. But the candy raspberries and watermelon slices presented to a group of Colorado legislators on Thursday contained enough THC to make the issue they were contemplating plenty fuzzy.

“If you can’t tell the difference, how could a 3-year-old?” Rep. Frank McNulty, R-Highlands Ranch, asked members of the House Health, Insurance and Environment Committee.

McNulty is sponsoring a bill that would require candies and other foods infused with marijuana be shaped, marked or colored in a such a way that anyone could identify them as a gateway to several hours of altered consciousness.

No Marijuana Candy At Oregon Dispensaries?

OREGON:  The Oregon Health Authority has passed a draft rule that would ban the sale of any cannabis edibles “manufactured in a form that resembles cake-like products, cookies, candy, or gum, or that otherwise may be attractive to minors because of its shape, color, or taste.”

That’s right, no pot brownies at Oregon dispensaries!

If you think that’s a ridiculous rule, you need to make your voice heard! Email medmj.dispensaries@state.or.us for public comment, like I did with the letter below. Feel free to crib anything you like from my letter!

Marijuana Packaging Law Clarified In Colorado

COLORADO: Colorado clarified its marijuana packaging requirements Monday, giving medical pot the same rules as pot for recreational pot.

But Gov. John Hickenlooper says it’s too soon to consider a new law limiting potency or making other big changes to the marijuana market.

The new law requires edible marijuana sold to medical marijuana patients to meet the same packaging standards as pot sold to recreational customers.


Marijuana-Laced Treats Leave Colorado Jonesing For Food-Safety Rules

COLORADO: Where there’s pot, there’s pot brownies. But how do you make sure those high-inducing sweets are safe to eat?

Colorado regulators are wrestling with that question now that the state has legalized recreational marijuana. From sodas and truffles to granola bars and butter, food products infused with THC – the chemical in marijuana that gives you a high — are already for sale.

The problem? Marijuana is still illegal under federal law. And that means the existing food safety system, which relies heavily on support from federal agencies, can’t ensure that marijuana-infused foods are safe.

Purveyors of pot-laced foods say they want the regulation.

“We are under a microscope,” says Christie Lunsford, marketing and education director for Dixie Elixirs, a manufacturer of foods infused with THC. ” [Read more…]

Michigan House Approves Return Of Medical Marijuana Dispensaries, Edibles

MICHIGAN: The Michigan House on Thursday advanced legislation to update the state’s voter-approved medical marijuana law by allowing for dispensaries and a variety of edible products.

Medical marijuana storefronts had operated in several Michigan communities until a February ruling by the state Supreme Court empowered county prosecutors to shut them down as a “public nuisance.”

Bipartisan legislation introduced by Republican Rep. Mike Callton of Nashville and approved Thursday in a 95-14 vote, would pave the way for the return of dispensaries — or “provisioning centers” — but allow local communities to prohibit them if desired.

Dispensaries would have to provide municipalities with test results ensuring that the medical marijuana they sell is free of contaminants. Edible products would have to be clearly labelled. House Bill 4271 also would prohibit on-premises cultivation or use of the drug and generally prohibit new dispensaries from opening within 1,000 feet of a school.

One Bunch Of Fresh Cannabis Leaves

NEW YORK: The first edition of “The Alice B. Toklas Cook Book, ” in 1954, censored the recipe for “Haschich Fudge.” (It made it into the paperback, in 1960, and from there more chocolate-y, childlike versions entered the repertoires of hosts everywhere.) The recipe, which Toklas attributes to her friend Brion Gysin, contains a sly warning about sourcing:

“Obtaining the canibus may present certain difficulties, but the variety known as canibus sativa grows as a common weed, often unrecognized, everywhere in Europe, Asia and parts of Africa; besides being cultivated as a crop for the manufacture of rope. In the Americas, while often discouraged, its cousin, called canibus indica, has been observed even in city window boxes.” [Read more…]