By Steve Elliott
Marijuana-infused edible treats just came within a gnat's whisker of getting banned by Oregon health officials, but seem to have dodged the bullet, at least for now. Officials at the Oregon Health Authority got hundreds of emails opposing the ban, and the new set of rules released on Monday seeks only to ban marijuana-laced products that are made in packaged in ways that might appeal to children.
The new rules ban cannabis-infused edibles that are brightly colored or formed in the shapes of animals, toys, or candies, reports Chad Garland of the Associated Press. They require cannabis products to be sold in child-proof containers, with no cartoons or "bright colors."
In a release announcing the new rules, Tom Burns, director of Pharmacy Programs for the Oregon Health Authority, said "Marijuana isn't candy, and it shouldn't look like candy."
SB 1531, passed by the Legislature and signed into law by Gov. John Kitzhaber earlier this month, required the health authority to set the rules. The bill also allows cities and counties to ban dispensaries within their borders, until May 2015 anyway.
The new law calls for the Oregon Health Authority to implement rules designed to keep marijuana away from children.
An earlier draft of the proposed rules would have instituted a blanket ban on all cakes, cookies, candy and gum that contain cannabis, but Burns said the agency had gotten "a couple hundred" emails from patients upset about that.