Marijuana brownies and cookies okay – But NOT in colorful, child-attracting wrappers or in animal shapes.
Medical marijuana patients can now buy their medicine infused in cookies, candy and cakes. The Oregon Health Authority has backed down from it’s ban on such products, which they had claimed would be attractive to children. However the OHA has outlawed any of those infused products to come with brightly colored wrappers or packaging with children’s cartoon figures on them.
An OHA spokesman said the agency’s change of heart came after learning that many medical marijuana patients don’t want to smoke the plant for its medicinal effects because smoking, per se, is seen as more of a health risk than simply eating it as part of normal foods. So now, marijuana infused foods are allowed under the last rule revisions by the OHA.
However, the agency outlawed the use of any brightly colored wrapping or packaging for the infused products. And cartoon characters on the wrapping are banned along with any products that come in the shape of animals.
The OHA spokesman said the rulings are part of an evolving set of state regulations that are new ground for the agency, adding that they could migrate somewhat over the rule-making period which is expected to play out over the next six months.