Washington backs down on anti-edibles policy

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Lawmakers in Washington want public input before changing policies

Earlier this month, Washington suddenly announced that it was going to remove marijuana edibles from store shelves. Concerns had been raised that the edibles were too appealing to children, which violated state laws. Now, the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) has decided to suspend the removal temporarily and is asking for the public’s input.

The WSLCB will give the public 30 days to provide alternatives to the ban. In an announcement on the agency’s website, it explains, “The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) today announced in a message to marijuana licensees that it will pause its marijuana edible product and label review for 30 days. During this time, the agency requested a coalition of industry organizations to bring forward alternatives for the agency to consider. Coalition members have indicated that they will be meeting later this month to discuss their proposal(s).”

According to Washington state rules, “A marijuana processor is limited in the types of food or drinks they may infuse with marijuana. Marijuana-infused products that are especially appealing to children are prohibited. Marijuana-infused edible products such as, but not limited to, gummy candies, lollipops, cotton candy, or brightly colored products, are prohibited.”

The board acknowledged in the meeting this earlier this month that it had allowed products that probably shouldn’t have been approved and announced the ban. After receiving feedback from the marijuana community, it determined that the most appropriate course of action was to suspend the ban and allow the community to provide input on how best to address the situation.