Legalizing Medical Marijuana Edibles-Pros and Cons
Much news is being generated in regard to the legalization of both medical and recreational marijuana for most US states and in July 2018, Canada, who will be the first of the G7 countries to legalize both. Germany, Peru, Mexico and Italy are discussing the possibility with many others keeping close attention.
However, the legalization of marijuana for both recreational and medical purposes create both pros and cons for the industry, especially when it comes to the use and distribution of marijuana edibles. Many people consume edibles as they prefer this method over smoking marijuana. It may be concern over the health of their lungs or just because, well, a lot of edibles taste real good and you get a buzz! Not so bad!
However, this is where legalizing marijuana edibles becomes debatable.
The Concern Over Marijuana Edibles
Today, the State of Colorado announced the effective October 1, 2017 that marijuana gummy bears that are shaped like humans, animals or fruit are prohibited. This also includes that resemble or contains characteristics of a realistic or fictional human, animal or fruit. Gummy bears, chocolate rabbits and other such products will no longer be sold in Colorado dispensaries. Squared gummies are still available.
The reason behind the sudden change is due to the concern with children obtaining and consuming these edibles which could cause serious medical harm. Gummy bears and chocolate are very enticing to children, regardless of its ingredients.
This does raise a serious issue, but there are other concerns to address.
What’s In My Gummy Bear?
One of the most serious and possibly dangerous is the manufacturing and distribution of marijuana edibles by unlicensed facilities. These facilities have a no regulation production line, and produce as much as they can as fast as they can. Sometimes in a rented space or most times in their own kitchens. There is no quality control, no health inspections or protocol to packaging. Mind you, not all facilities are like this, but they do exist.
With that in mind, the main concern over marijuana edibles is the potency factor being produced. Since there is no regulation factors involved in the production of edibles, they can be made as strong and potent as possible, or with little to no THC/CBD, the active ingredients of the marijuana flower. These are then sold in dispensaries by choice. For recreational users, this is a bonus. They can purchase the strength they prefer and have away. Again, just because those gummies say 10mg of THC per gummy that does not mean that is what you are getting!
Edibles for Medical Treatment
For most users this is not an issue, but if you are consuming the edibles for medical reasons, regulation is of the utmost concern. Since you will be under a doctor to acquire medical marijuana, they will monitor your usage and reaction by prescribing a certain dosage, which may or may not be in relation to medications you may already be taking.
Acquiring your medical marijuana edibles from a licensed grower or manufacturer, then you can be assured that your dosage will be correct and they are clean and ready to consume. They have been inspected by a health regulator who may also overlook the quality control.
If I was a patient under doctor care, I think I would be using the prescription form of edibles. But then that’s me.
Why I Like Marijuana Edibles
When most people think of marijuana, they automatically relate the usage of it with a big puff of smoke and blurry eyes!! In fact not so long ago, marijuana smoking was the root of madness!! Today, marijuana can come in many forms, and one of those forms are edibles.
I like edibles. They do taste good if prepared correctly, and they do result in a nice, relaxing mood elevation. Whether they be in gummy bears, brownies, cookies of any kind, honey, olive oils-the list goes on!! Do a search for “recipes containing marijuana and the list in endless!
Sure, anybody can do a recipe with marijuana. Savory dish or pancakes. Eat what you will. The use of marijuana in food is catching on. Not just for the buzz, but as an actual food enhancer to main dishes or desserts. Making marijuana edibles is not that difficult. If you can follow a recipe, you should be OK.
I really like marijuana edibles for their portability. They don’t really smell strong of marijuana, they can be consumed in public (check YOUR laws) and they offer a more consistent dose than smoking. With smoking, you must keep having to inhale more smoke to maintain the level of usage comfort. With edibles, the elevation is more consistent, lasts much longer than smoking. Smoking does offer immediate gratification though. Try a Vaporizer!!
Legalizing Marijuana Edibles
For me, it’s a no brainer. There is a viable and confident market for both manufacturers and consumers of marijuana edibles. There has to be a common ground in which government control can be abated. I remember when news stories told of children eating laundry detergent pods because they were colorful! Public service and common sense said “Keep Out of the Reach of Children”!! More so common sense. The same goes for your gummies and cookies. If you bought or made them, then you know they have marijuana in them so “Keep Out of the Reach of Children”.
For non-smokers or those who do not like to marijuana, this is the best alternative available at the moment, and would leave them with fewer choices in their consumption
Federally oversee these manufacturers in the sense that they must be a listed business and subject to the same rules and regulations that the licensed facilities are. The dispensary market will never go away. They fill an important role in the industry but will have changes necessary to compete in the market.
But with some enforcement, the market will not only become stronger, but more interesting to the consumer as a whole.