California just marked its first week of full legalization of marijuana and our counterparts in California already have deep concerns.
The country’s oldest dispensary opened for recreational business on the first day touting 109 types of edibles ranging from orange soda to spicy snack mix and many varieties of gummies and candy-like products. Additionally, they are featuring 27 types of flowers. Sixteen have over 20% THC going as high as 28.3%. It is also selling 82 types of concentrates ranging up to 90% THC with names like Animal Cookies.
Every imaginable form of consumption is available at one-stop stores with names and products appealing to children or easily confused as standard food products. The concern grows as it appears the floodgates are open wide to a highly creative and industrialized marijuana market.
We will continue to watch closely this unfolding story and how our California colleagues counter this growing industry. We will continue to learn from them.
To make things more interesting, this week the U.S. Justice Department sent a letter to U.S. Attorneys rescinding some of the former administration’s directives of discouraging federal prosecutors from bringing charges of marijuana-related crimes in states that have legalize marijuana.
Prosecutors are advised to use their own discretion by taking into consideration the Department of Justice’s limited resources, the seriousness of the crime and whether charges were appropriate. If enforcement takes place, it could be a game changer for legalization states. Read story here.
PAA Legislative Update January 9, 2018