AR marijuana dispensaries could offer edibles, concentrates next week

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Cannabis-infused edibles, concentrates and vape cartridges are expected to hit dispensaries in Arkansas sometime in the next several days, and the rules for the products are similar to those in other medical and adult-use marijuana markets.

Robert Lercher, a spokesman for Bold Team, a licensed producer/processor, says it intends to have those products available by the end of next week.

According to rules set by the Alcoholic Beverage Commission, which regulates medical marijuana in Arkansas:

  • Cultivators and dispensaries can’t process or manufacture edibles that are “likely to appeal to minors,” which includes “candy, cookies and brownies.”
  • Edibles also can’t be modeled after foods primarily consumed by or marketed to children, or be in familiar shapes such as animals, vehicles or characters.
  • Edibles can’t be manufactured by adding cannabinoid products to commercially available items, though MMJ patients can buy extracts and add them to those products at home.
  • Edibles can’t be sold in non-childproof packaging or containers that might appeal to children by their shape, color, taste or design. Packaging must employ what is referred to as muted colors and simple designs.

The state’s long-awaited medical marijuana program kicked off last weekend.

The first two medical cannabis dispensaries in Arkansas sold more than $93,000 in product in the program’s first three days.

– Associated Press