Washington pulls cannabis gummies and candies from store shelves

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Candied edibles to be banned by the state’s Liquor and Control Board

Washington State residents with a taste for CBD-infused candy need to stock up. The states Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) has announced that it is banning all sorts of the popular sweets and has ordered that all of them be pulled from shelves. The LCB argues that the treats provide too much of a temptation to children and that they need to be better controlled.

“All production of hard candy (of any style, shape or size), tarts, fruit chews, colorful chocolates, jellies and any gummy type products should cease,” explains the board. LCB Communications Director Brian Smith added, “We found that we have approved some products that would meet the definition of especially appealing to children.”

Smith added that the board wasn’t actually implementing a new rule; it is just enforcing one that was already on the books. When Washington approved marijuana use, the laws carried a stipulation that no products could be presented in a way that might be appealing to children.

Because the law already existed, regulators weren’t required to seek public comment before announcing the change. Smith points out that a number of products had been erroneously approved because their presentations, prior to being given the green light, were not the same as what ultimately was found on the shelves.

Some crafty entrepreneurs have apparently been trying to game the system. They have purchased regular candy off the shelf and sprayed it with THC distillate. Not only is this potentially dangerous, but it is an obvious attempt to sidestep controls. This can have a damaging impact on the entire industry as it gives opponents more fuel for their anti-marijuana fires. The LCB warns that all CBD-based products offered must contain the component from the manufacturing process before it is distributed.