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Edible pot rules: No to lollipops, yes to brownies

OLYMPIA -- Legal marijuana stores won't be able to sell lollipops, gummy bears or other candies infused with the drug, but will be able to sell properly labelled brownies and cookies, a state agency decided today.

The Liquor Control Board approved rules for marijuana-infused food products, also known as edibles, designed to limit items that may appeal strongly to children. . . 

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Banned will be products that could easily be mistaken for candies commonly sold to children. Lollipops, gummy bears and cotton candy can sometimes be found in medical marijuana dispensaries not regulated by the board, but won't be allowed in state-licensed recreational marijuana stores.

 The rules will allow marijuana-infused cookies or brownies providing those products have labels that explain the number of doses each contain. If there's more than one dose per item, the cookie or brownie must be scored to indicate the size of a single dose, and the dosage must be consistent throughout the item, Becky Smith, the agency's marijuana licensing and regulations manager, said.

Doses from different parts of the food item will have to be tested to ensure compliance, Smith said.

The state currently has no licensed marijuana processors producing edible products for recreational users, but those items are popular in Colorado, the only other state that has legalized marijuana for recreational use, and with medical marijuana users across the country.

Washington recreational stores can only sell marijuana products grown and processed in the state by licensed businesses. Any Washington processor planning to produce an edible product will have to submit photos of the item and its label to the agency for approval. Karen McCall, the rules coordinator, said the agency will approve or disapprove it within two days, and a processor can appeal a disapproval.

Jim Camden
Jim Camden joined The Spokesman-Review in 1981. He is currently the political reporter and state government reporter in the newspaper's Olympia bureau office.

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