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Marijuana states chew over pot "edibles"

Friday, June 27, 2014 - 01:06

States like Colorado and Washington where recreational pot sales are legal are chewing over new regulations for marijuana-laced food items. Mana Rabiee reports.

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Craving a burger? How about some marijuana ketchup to go with it? You can find it, and lots of other foods laced with cannabis, at dispensaries around Colorado, where recreational marijuana sales are legal. Brownies, of course, but also chocolate chip cookies. Even salad dressing. But reports out of Colorado suggest consumers don't know the full effects of eating marijuana-laced foods. Children have accidentally ingested them and adults have overdosed on them. Art Way is with the Drug Policy Alliance, a pro-marijuana group. SOUNDBITE: ART WAY, DRUG POLICY ALLIANCE, SAYING: "In general, we agree that there should be strong packing requirements. There should be strong labeling requirements, and testing should take place before edibles are sold." Colorado is hurrying up to create new rules that can keep up with the industry. Like requiring child-resistant packing for marijuana edibles. Washington state doesn't want to lag behind. Next month, it becomes the second state to legalize recreational pot sales. Among other regulations, it's banning cartoon images on these products and requiring serving size information.

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Marijuana states chew over pot "edibles"

Friday, June 27, 2014 - 01:06