The Oregon Health Authority late Wednesday issued draft rules aimed at keeping marijuana-infused foods and candies from children.
The proposed rules are the result of Senate Bill 1531, which Gov. John Kitzhaber signed into law Wednesday. They are bound to be extremely controversial and opposed by medical marijuana patients and advocates since they essentially ban many sweet treats popular with patients.
Oregon’s draft rules state that a dispensary may not transfer to patients marijuana-infused products “manufactured in a form that resembles cake-like products, cookies, candy, or gum, or that otherwise may be attractive to minors because of its shape, color, or taste.”
The rules, drafted by Oregon Health Authority Officials, will go into place next week, said Karynn Fish, a spokeswoman for the agency. Dispensaries, at that point, won’t be allow to legally dispense marijuana-infused items such as cookies and candies. She said the agency is accepting public comment on the draft rules. Email comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The rules require child-proof and opaque packaging so the product isn’t visible from the outside. If the product isn’t meant to be consumed in a single serving, the package must be closable. The packaging also may not feature cartoons “or images other than the logo of the facility, unless the logo of the facility depicts the product or cartoons, in which case only the name of the facility is permitted.”
Colorado this week extended child-proofing requirements to its medical marijuana program. The state already had child-proofing rules in its recreational program.
Oregon’s new law allows local governments to impose moratoriums on medical marijuana dispensaries. That provision and the ones on child-proofing were sought by the Association of Oregon Counties.
Tamara Staples, president of a statewide group that represents people with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome, said she opposes the new rules targeting sweets. She said it should be up to adults to keep marijuana-infused products, like any other medicine, away from children.