Edibles making their way into pot stores; strict rules to protect kids

YAKIMA, Wash. -- Something new on the legal pot front is making its way into stores. Food that contains the drug can be sold in retail stores. Products are arriving slowly. A big concern is how appealing the packaging will be to kids at home. KIMA learned what's allowed.

I met Jane Morgan waiting outside Station 420.

"I like cookies."

Jane's talking about cookies baked using pot. Right now, you can't find them or any other edibles in Union Gap. That hasn't stopped customers from trying.

"Ten phone calls a day for edibles," said Station 420 owner, Adam Markus. "At least."

He has already ordered cannabis soda from Mirth Provisions. Other products could be on the way.

"We're actually looking that to be somewhere between 30 and 40 percent of our total sales," said Markus.

Edibles started selling in Washington two weeks ago. Almost two dozen products are approved so far under strict rules.

No products that require a fridge, freezer or hot holding unit. Labels must contain a warning. Products can't contain more than 10 servings of marijuana or 100 milligrams of THC.

Analytical 360 tests legal marijuana statewide. Its head scientist says consumers need to be careful.

"You can ingest a lot more THC than you can ever absorb through your lungs at one point in time," said Randall Oliver. "Thus, reaching a level of intoxication far beyond what you can get from smoking it."

There are provisions to protect kids. No products that are more attractive to them, like gummi bears. They must be wrapped in thick plastic and hard for kids to open. But, KIMA couldn't find a rule that bans see-through packages like there is in Colorado.

When it comes to adults giving it a try, the recommendation is to take it slow.

"Find out if it's a good experience for them before they eat a whole plate of brownies, for example, and end up in the hospital," said Oliver.

In other words, when it comes to edibles, don't bite off more than you can chew.

Other edible pot products approved by the state include chocolate bars, cookies, pita chips and brittle.