Medical marijuana patients in Arkansas who want to eat the drug will get their way in a few weeks, but it’s causing some worry.
Cultivator Bold Team said edibles will be apart of the next harvest– including gummy chews, concentrates, and vape cartridges. This raises concerns about edibles making marijuana attractive to kids.
Arkansas law states what can and cannot be sold as an edible, outlawing cookies, candy, and brownies and banning the use of colorful packaging for the product.
Spokesperson for the Medical Marijuana Commission, Scott Hardin said dispensaries have ways to fall in line with these rules.
“You can’t have candy but you can’t have a gummy bear, and certainly that would appeal to children, but you can have is the vitamin gummy that’s sold,” Hardin said.
“Any expert will tell you with smoking, the only benefit it provides above a pill is the ability to get high,” said state senator Bart Hester. “So I think if we’re going to use this as a drug, it needs to look like a drug. It needs to be in a drug bottle. It needs to be shaped as a drug in a pill form.”
Hardin argued about 50% of the medical marijuana market wants edibles and believes it’s a good way to better serve patients.