State regulators cracking down on edibles sold at local pot shops
YAKIMA, Wash. -- Local Efrain Licea says he’s a marijuana user and supporter, but when it comes to edibles, he says it can pose a real threat to kids.
"It could definitely be confused for just a regular candy. It has THC. Any kid will confuse it with a regular candy," he said.
Regulators of the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board say it was brought to their attention that edibles like chocolates, hard candies and gummies are tempting to kids and can easily be mistaken for something similar to your typical, store-bought candies, like Starburst or Hi-Chew.
In October, plans were to originally get rid of gummies, fruit chews, and hard candies, altogether, but the board has since decided to back off, and focus more on altering the appearance of them.
Sweet Relief Budtender Alissa Prado says she can see how these types of edibles can attract kids.
"A lot of the edibles are very colorful, like these guys right here. It's very appealing to kids because of all the nice colors and brightness," said Prado.
The board has imposed new laws, which limit the colors and shapes of the packaging and the treats, themselves.
They’re also cracking down and banning any use of animation or cartoon-like designs on their products.
Local Shanna Greggs says she doesn’t think these new regulations will keep kids from getting their hands on edibles.
"I don’t think that’ll stop it, at all. It's just gonna continue," said Greggs.
And Prado agrees. She says no matter what, it’s up to adults to keep pot out of the hands of their kids.
"I just say be responsible. They're gonna get into it regardless if it has colorful colors, or if it's just plain brown. If they see it’s a candy, they're gonna eat it, no matter what. It's not any different or any easier for them to grab a beer in the fridge, that’s next to the milk," said Prado.
Pot shops have until April to get rid of or sell the remainder of their colorfully packaged edibles.