Oregon’s Proposed MMJ Rules Prohibit Sweet Edibles

Oregon’s medical marijuana dispensary owners could lose out on millions of dollars in revenue under a new rule that prohibits the sale of sweet and sugary edibles.

On Wednesday, the Oregon Health Authority released draft rules on the state’s MMJ industry that will go into place next week as part of the dispensary program created by Senate Bill 1531, which Gov. John Kitzhaber recently signed.

Drafted by Health Authority officials, the list of rules includes many regulations that have become industry standards, such as requiring child-proof packaging on products and allowing local governments to impose moratoriums on businesses.

But the rules also prohibit the sale of marijuana-infused products “manufactured in a form that resembles cake-like products, cookies, candy, or gum, or that otherwise may be attractive to minors because of its shape, color, or taste.”

Health Authority representatives said the ban is to further protect children from consuming marijuana products. But the state’s industry and patients have voiced opposition to the ban.

“It just stinks,” cancer patient Gary Stevenson told The Associated Press.

The ban could also cost dispensaries millions in revenue. According to Marijuana BusinessDaily research, edibles can account for anywhere from 15% to more than 50% of overall sales at dispensaries.

Sweet and sugary edibles are among the most popular products for medical patients, since many patients find it easier to eat the plant rather than smoke it.

Tom Burns, director of pharmacy programs for the Health Authority, said the rules could change in the next few days based on public feedback. The Health Authority is accepting feedback at [email protected]

9 comments on “Oregon’s Proposed MMJ Rules Prohibit Sweet Edibles
  1. Bonnie Wills on

    According to statistics, the average American consumes about 200 lbs. of sugar yearly, which we all know, is too much. So the skinny Oregon patients will revolt!

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  2. Fonzie on

    Doesn’t sugar depress your immune system? Why is the cancer patient making a statement like that. Strange. Perhaps they are easier to eat…who doesn’t like candy…but if sugary edibles compromise your immune system amidst a treatment protocol that is wreaking havoc on the immune system, what is wrong with this. I see it as an opportunity for edible companies to develop savory products. Look to the nutrition bar industry and jerky…the roadmap is there.

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  3. [email protected] on

    The State approved Marijuana for Medical use. The State has to stand behind the patients that use marijuana for this purpose. Not everyone can or desires to smoke it and the edibles are just another delivery method. The form that these edibles are made are NOT intended to be attractive to children. How absurd is that?? I have hundreds of patients that use edibles as the ONLY way to medicate themselves without smoking. The edibles and tinctures are becoming a more popular delivery method by doctors over smoking the cannabis.
    To take away this option you are denying thousands of people with a legitimate medical need that cannabis has proven effective and approved by the State of Oregon and its constituents.
    It should be the patients responsibility to know the risk and keep their medicine out of reach of children.

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  4. Vicky on

    Bottom line….the government is FAR too imposing on it’s people. Healing is available in the form of Cannabis and it is Disgusting that the government continues to deny people healing. What ever happened to the government being by the people and FOR the people???

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  5. Gwen Rousseau on

    Can we point out the hypocrisy with this issue…how about looking at children’s vitamins. Children’s Vitamins are marketed towards children, yet are EXTREMELY dangerous and potentially lethal yet because of profits, NO ONE is requiring there removal.

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  6. jim on

    There are many of us pain patients that prefer eating cannabis products that taste pleasant. It is the parents responsibility to keep their medications secure. Isn’t this just a way for politicians to avoid any guilt

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  7. Fonzie on

    Gwen, you actually couldn’t be more wrong by stating that children’s vitamins are extremely dangerous and potentially lethal. In fact, the reason that the FDA doesn’t act on any vitamin companies or require pre-market approval is that they assign no benefit, nor risk, to consuming dietary supplements. This is a fact. We could discuss whether or not vitamins have an actual health benefit, but I don’t think that is your point. However, if you want to understand the real benefits of kids vitamins on health…especially vision, please visit the website of one of the most efficient and effective children’s health charities on the planet http://www.vitaminangels.com and read up about what the World Health Organization says about children’s vitamins. All the best, The Fonz.

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  8. Fonzie on

    Gwen
    I can’t argue with the 60,000 reports number from 2004. These reports led to a total of 3 deaths that year, compared to 59 deaths due to aspirin and 147 deaths related to acetaminophen.

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