Good news edible fans: Washington state will not ban pot-infused candies and gummies after all. But there will be some changes coming to the treats.
The state of Washington will instead require pot companies to avoid bright colors, working instead with a "standard pantone color book that sets the list of colors and specified ranges within those colors" for both product and packaging.
There will also be limits on the shapes, with exceptions for things like non-profit collaborations or naturally-occurring colors.
The state has yet to make a formal announcement; Liquor and Cannabis Board spokesperson Brian Smith said that the agency is waiting until the board has approved the new regulations to make a formal announcement. He expects that could happen as early as next week.
But the LCB released a memo that reviews the process of the past few months, including draft policy decisions that outlines the proposed regulations. The document also outlines the implementation for the policy, which the LCB expects to take about 10 months once the new requirements are adopted and standard operating procedures are in place.
During that time, retailers would have nine months to sell off existing inventory. Anything remaining after that time (assuming it's not expired and meets the new rules) should be allowed to be re-labeled and re-sold.
This is a boost to organizations like Waashington CannaBusiness Association, one of the handful trade groups in the state that opposed the state's action on candies.
"We applaud the Liquor and Cannabis Board for their careful re-evaluation of their announcement earlier this year regarding cannabis-infused edibles," Vicki Christophersen, executive director of the Washington CannaBusiness Association, said in a statement.
"The agency's new interim policy decision, informed by the input of bipartisan elected leaders and regulated industry representatives, provides a transparent review and approval process going forward for safe, quality-controlled products for adult and medicinal use. Our shared goal is to support the long-term viability of our state's cannabis marketplace while also keeping cannabis out of the hands of minors."
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