Cannabis Edibles: Fear, Regulation, Data And Maureen Dowd
Wednesday, Dec 3, 2014

In many respects, Colorado is leading all cannabis states into the 21st century of cannabis regulation. On a seemingly monthly basis, Colorado confronts first impression cannabis issues with which other states have yet to grapple. One of those emerging issues is how to regulate edibles and marijuana-infused products. Washington and other states are just beginning to visit this topic, but Colorado seems already to have a deep love/hate, “we get it”/”we have no idea”relationship with regulations for infused marijuana products.

Edibles and infused products create charged emotions due to (both real and perceived) issues involving potency, quality control, youth appeal, and youth access.


Maureen Dowd’s now infamous New York Times piece about her rabid “overdose” on marijuana-infused chocolate undoubtedly greased the wheels of anxiety and paranoia for marijuana regulators in Colorado. But since that piece, the debate over how to treat marijuana edibles and infused products has gotten more heated over reasons other than bad press: “accidental ingestion” by anyone, but most specifically by kids, is apparently Colorado’s biggest beef with edibles regulation. How to “package, color, and stamp” these products to prevent inadvertent over-consumption or unintended ingestion is in the forefront of the minds of regulators and industry players alike and though no one solution has revealed itself, most everyone agrees that edibles education makes sense. Most also agree that edibles and infused products should be in child-resistant packaging, at a minimum.