By Joan Eberhardt
An End to Cannabis Gummy Bears in Colorado
The Colorado Cannabis Chamber of Commerce (C4) last week released a set of voluntary standards for the production and marketing of edibles. The manufacturers associated with the organization will no longer produce edibles in the shape of humans or animals, which puts an end to the gummy bears, worms and “sour patch” edible candies.
The manufacturers will begin to phase out the offending candies immediately, with the goal that they will no longer be available for sale as of October 1.
Gummy edibles will still be available for purchase, but they must be created using confection molds that are unique and not available for purchase on a wider market.
The 43 member organizations all voluntarily agree to restrict sales to adults 21 and over.
Edibles were the center of controversy in Colorado last year, after outcry that there was little to indicate the difference between marijuana-infused candies from their regular-candy counterparts.
State Representative Dan Pabon, a member of the original Amendment 64 implementation work group said, “Protecting our children has been our North Star while navigating the unchartered territory of Colorado’s legal, licensed cannabis industry.”
Vermont Senate To Vote On Legalization
The Senate Appropriations Committee in Vermont passed a bill that would create a legal, regulated and taxed system within the state, ending prohibition.
The bill now moves to the Senate floor, where a vote is expected this week. The Senate Judiciary Committee and Finance Committee have both already approved the bill.
In a recent survey 55 percent of Vermont residents supported creating legalizing and regulating cannabis for adult use. If the bill passes in the Senate, which it is expected to, it will move into the House, and the committee process starts all over again.
Last week the current State Attorney General and two former Attorneys General, sent a letter to state senators and representatives encouraging support for this bill.
Marijuana Helpful in Long Term Pain Reduction, Opioid Use
A student published in The Clinical Journal of Pain found that long-term daily use of cannabis resulted in reduced opioid use and analgesia.
Researchers at Hebrew University studied 176 patients who had all been previously unresponsive to conventional pain medicine. After six months, 66 percent of patients reported improvement in their pain systems, a 44 percent reduction in opioid use by the end of the trial. Many had stopped using opioids to manage pain altogether by the end of the study.
These findings echo the results of a Canadian study published last year.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren recently published an open letter to the CDC to work with leading national health organizations to determine what effect marijuana might have on America’s opioid epidemic.
- Oregon is considering legislation that would make it easier for legal marijuana companies to use banks.
- Obama frees the District to create its own retail cannabis market. Thanks, Obama!
- Three out of four Ohioans want a legal medical marijuana market.
- The woman who served as Surgeon General under President Bill Clinton, supports Bernie Sanders’ marijuana policies.
- Illinois’ governor (who campaigned on a pro-business platform) hasn’t proven to be very friendly to the state’s already floundering medical marijuana program, and it’s starting to worry business owners.
A sincere apology for our absence last week.
Let us make it up to you by having Seth Rogen show you how to roll a joint.