Today, the Washington State Liquor Control Board adopted emergency rules adding a requirement that all marijuana-infused products, packaging, and labeling be approved by them. The rules are to clarify the types of marijuana-infused products the board will allow to be produced and sold. The board's issue paper on the emergency rules states:
"Many marijuana-infused products on the medical marijuana market today are appealing to children. Products such as lollipops, gummy bears, and cotton candy are very appealing to children too young to read a label."
To gain approval from the board, marijuana processors must submit a picture of the product, its label, and packaging to them. The board will not approve products that appeal to children.
Marijuana-infused products that look like foods and beverages that children commonly eat and drink have been a concern for WASAVP and adolescent substance use prevention advocates even prior to the I-502 vote. Concerns were expressed to the Liquor Control Board during their rule-making process and as they developed recommendations for reconciling the recreational and medical marijuana systems.
The emergency rules also include guidelines regarding serving sizes. The new rules read:
"Marijuana-infused products in solid form that contain more than one serving must be scored to indicate individual serving sizes, and labeled so that the serving size is prominently displayed on the packaging."
"Marijuana-infused products must be homogenized to ensure uniform disbursement of cannabinoids throughout the product."