New Rules Could Boost Expenses for CO Edibles Companies

Proposed regulations on edibles in Colorado will add tens of thousands of dollars in additional costs for manufacturers and introduce other headaches, owners of some infused products companies say.

The state issued draft rules recently that would make it more burdensome to produce edibles with THC content above 10 milligrams. A high-potency candy bar would need to be divided into sections that can be broken off, for instance, and each section would need to be stamped with its THC content.

The proposed rules would also provide incentives – such as less stringent testing and packaging requirements – for┬ácompanies to produce edible products that have 10 milligrams of THC or less.

Bob Eschino, founding partner of Incredibles, told the Denver Post that stamping each candy bar section with a THC content mark would require $30,000 to $40,000 to purchase new molds.

Companies would also have to spend money on new packaging, and the added costs would be exacerbated by the difficult financing and banking climate in the industry, some business owners said.

The state is expected to release final rules on edibles sometime in July.

3 comments on “New Rules Could Boost Expenses for CO Edibles Companies
  1. Bill on

    I see they mention only THC content. What about CBD? Or maybe no one bothers with CBD edibles? Are CBD edibles less expensive than THC?

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  2. David R on

    10 milligrams of THC is a mighty low dose in the real world. Here in California the two major candy bar producers, Bhang and Kiva, both offer a 60-milligram bars divided into four 15mg sections as their lower-dose, or “single strength” option, with bars up to 180mg in four 45mg sections as their “triple strength” offering. I used to represent an edibles company at meetings of California’s first edibles trade association, CAPSCE (California Association for Safe Cannabis Edibles) along with reps from a number of well-known California edibles vendors. Our biggest ongoing struggle was agreeing on a standardized dose. We had a number of spirited discussions where some argued for 10mg as “one dose” with limits of 50mg per serving size (true serving size–not the infamous 5 potato chip serving size) while others made the accurate point that there are folks our there who can’t sleep because of chronic pain without 300mg of cannabis in edible form and that they shouldn’t have to choke down six serving sizes of whatever. (I’ve met these people. They’re real and often have horrible injuries or illnesses or both.) Those voices–including the company I worked for–also had some concerns about labeling such a product as 30x, as in “our doses” this product was a “10x.” We never did reach unanimous agreement but the consensus finally more or less settled on 15-20mg THC as “one dose.” Currently, a more recently-arrived California company, Korova, lists their “one dose” as 50mg and their 20x, 1000mg brownie is available in dispensaries today–that’s a gram of THC, or 100 times the recommended Colorado dose in one serving size. As to Bill’s question re CBD edibles, nobody’s really been doing it, though I believe Bhang chocolates has just jumped into the game. It’s still a potential goldmine. Like diabetic-crafted edibles, it’s something most entrepreneurs haven’t seen enough market to pursue. Part of the problem with CBD has also been supply. Not a lot of CBD flower out there so very little CBD trim. (THC trim is what edibles companies have traditionally used.) Someone wanting to produce CBD edibles here in California today would pretty much have to grow it or have it grown and use the whole plant.

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  3. Brook on

    I see no issue with these types of requirements in the industry. I would like to see more quality controls in place…I agree that 10mg is not much of a does….I also believe that the candy makers in this article are misstating the additional cost. As in any business there are manufracing cost. To pretend this is unusually or cost prohibitive is silly and raises questions to me with their quality control in place now…

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