Arkansas Restrictions on Medical Pot Edibles Coming Next as Medical Marijuana Sales Continue Upward
Arkansas’s Alcoholic Beverage Commission is responsible for regulating medical marijuana dispensaries, and cultivators. A news report by US News explains, “According to rules by the Alcoholic Beverage Commission, which regulates medical marijuana, cultivators and dispensaries cannot process or manufacture edibles that are “likely to appeal to minors,” which includes “candy, cookies, and brownies.” Edibles also can't be modeled after foods primarily consumed by or marketed to children, or be in familiar shapes like animals, vehicles or characters.” The rules have been promulgated by the state's Alcoholic Beverage Commission, reports 5NewsOnline.
Scott Hardin of the Department of Finance and Administration shared his insight with 5 News Online Arkansas. He stated in the news article,
“The concern is the presentation and whether it might imitate a common product that's for children. Certainly the product also does fall within those regulations but in the day to day check our agents will be looking at the packaging.”
Department of Finance and Administration spokesperson Scott Hardin shared in the US News report that the state's health department oversees product testing for all forms of medical marijuana, and that the state performs oversight through marijuana testing lab Steep Hill, which will conduct quality assurance tests at the dispensaries. Even though the state may have a medical marijuana program, marijuana is illegal under federal law.
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