Washington State To Keep Edible Cannabis Legal, But With New RestrictionsDecember 18, 2018
Washington State’s Liquor and Cannabis Board has backed off on a plan to dramatically restrict the style of edible cannabis products in the state, but has imposed new rules to help make the items less appealing to children.
Earlier this fall, staff for the board found that numerous varieties of hard candy and gummies being sold in Washington looked too similar to candy and were therefore especially appealing to children. A review by the Liquor and Cannabis Board, which regulates cannabis sales in the state, initially proposed that all “production of hard candy (of any style, shape, or size), tarts, fruit chews, colorful chocolates, jellies, and any gummy type products should cease” by early April 2019. That news unsettled edible makers in the state. Infused edibles make up about 9% of the Washington State’s cannabis market.
The state first agreed to a moratorium on that plan while producers devised alternatives. At a meeting last week, the two sides reached a compromise that will allow edibles to continue to be produced and sold in the state, but with their colors and shapes limited to an approved list found on the board’s website. Packaging also will be restricted and more muted—with both the background regulated and choice of “up to three accent colors,” the board ruled.—Christopher SolomonSubscribe to Shanken News Daily’s Email Newsletter, delivered to your inbox each morning. You will also receive the Cannabis edition as part of your subscription.