An Instagram post created panic for edibles makers in Washington. The Liquor and Cannabis Board saw the post and became concerned with how similar some of the products look to non-marijuana products. The regulators said that some of the candies look too close to Pop Rocks, Airheads Xtremes Sour Belts and Peachie O’s.
The board immediately reviews all marijuana-infused candies in the state that already received approval, according to the Puget Sound Business Journal. Initially, the board said that production of all of these types of products – including gummies, colorful chocolates, tarts, fruit chews and hard candies – would have to stop. Those in the industry panicked and the board agreed to hold off on making a concrete decision for 30 days.
The board wanted input on how to move forward with selling edibles but in a manner where the items were not appealing to children. Washington law prohibits products that seem appealing to children.
Andy Brassington of Evergreen Herbal said, “It was a bombshell.”
Edibles account for about 9% of the state’s marijuana sales. Brightly colored items, cotton candy, suckers/lollipops and gummy candies are already prohibited. These items, however, lack definition in the law.
A new recommendation from the Liquor and Cannabis Board has not been offered yet.