Washington state regulators approve new rules for marijuana edibles

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After months of back and forth with cannabis-infused products makers and MJ trade associations, the Washington state Liquor and Cannabis Board approved new packaging, labeling and product design regulations for edibles.

The rules:

  • Designate approved colors and shapes for edible products.
  • Specify approved font, background and accent colors for edible packaging and labeling.
  • Provide guidelines for company logos, product photos and clear windows on edible packaging.

This is the board’s latest attempt to eliminate edibles products or packaging that could appeal to children.

In October, regulators ordered local edibles makers to cease production of cannabis-infused gummies and hard candies, warning they might appeal to children.

Then – after fierce industry opposition – the board reversed course and allowed manufacturers to continue producing those products until regulators could hear input from an industry coalition.

The process of developing the new packaging, labeling and product design rules was done “in consultation and vetted with the major industry groups,” board spokesman Brian Smith wrote in an email to Marijuana Business Daily.

The board’s staff is recommending that infused product makers have until Jan. 1, 2020, to become compliant with the new rules, Smith said.

If the recommendation is approved by the board, retailers would have until that date to sell out of existing product, he noted.

The board is expected to hear that request at a Jan. 9, 2019, meeting.

The state is in the process of updating its website with packaging and labeling resources and is hosting a webinar Dec. 18 for infused product manufacturers to learn more about the new rules.

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3 comments on “Washington state regulators approve new rules for marijuana edibles
  1. George Bianchini on

    ”In October, regulators ordered local edibles makers to cease production of cannabis-infused gummies and hard candies, warning they might appeal to children.”

    good idea, The sugar contained in these products are responsible for more deaths than cigarettes.

    As good as it may taste, sugar is NOT your friend. It may “feel” like your friend when it comforts you (due to the psychoactive beta-endorphin rush in your brain), but sugar is really your ENEMY.

    Yes, children should not consume cannabis, but it’s the sugar that will harm them, not the weed.

    • Big Phil on

      amen George , HOW ABOUT PARENTS BE MORE RESPONSIBLE ? I see ( to this day ) MORE kids under 18 smoking cigs from major Tobacco company’s THEN I EVER SEE smoking cannabis or eating edibles in public … GET A GRIP AND STOP BUYING IN TO THE PROPAGANDA Sheeple

    • April on

      I take 2 candies when I get home from work the evening before my full day off work. So 20mg THC+ 4mgCBD total. Nutrition Facts: 8 Calories per candy. Og Fat of any sort, 0mg Sodium, 2.3g carbohydrates of which 2.2g is comprised of sugars. No idea what the other 0.1g is. I assume fiber.
      When I am high, I actually like unsweetened sparkling water, and wowza, I never thought I would like plain celery so much. The crunch of the water content of the celery is so very satisfying. Yes I could eat an entire bunch of celery without any sort of dressing or dip or what have you, and probably an entire 12 pack of sparkling water, but that wouldn’t exactly be a bad thing.

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