Just in time to make the news before Halloween and freak out fret-prone parents over THC-laced candies getting in their kids’ trick-or-treat bags, the state of Washington has reversed its ruling over edible candies.
Earlier this month, the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) placed cannabis-infused hard candies and gummies to be enacted in 2019. But only a little more than a week later, the board put their ban on hold, as reported by Leafly.
Apparently some members of the board have heard concerns from the cannabis industry of how disruptive the ban could be, and they listened.
“In conversations with industry members, we agreed to pause the product and label review process to consider any alternative proposals from the industry,” WSLCB Director Rick Garza said in a statement. Members of the cannabis industry will now have until mid-November to propose alternatives to total candy-prohibition.
The WSLCB’s PowerPoint Presentation given by the WSLCB to explain its initial ban is online and, while it comes from an understandable place, it does read a little like the words of a villain from a straight-to-video Willy Wonka sequel:
All production of hard candy (of any style, shape or size), tarts, fruit chews, colorful chocolates, jellies and any gummy type products should cease.
The idea, of course, is to limit the sale of cannabis products which seem packaged to be “especially appealing to children.” And, of course, some assholes out there probably are trying to sell weed candy to kids, and other assholes probably leave infused candy lying around where kids can get them.
But then, stoners also love gummies and colorful chocolates and fruit chews, so how to keep everyone safe without limiting their right to enjoy legal cannabis and candy at the same time? Unenviable questions for Washington regulators and cannabis industry practitioners.
The WSLCB will host an informational webinar in November while it continues to mull the issues over.
Photo via Flickr user Juushika Redgrave