The state of Florida undoubtedly has many problems it must contend with and new legislation that needs to be passed. Medical marijuana is an important priority for the state but the demand for medical marijuana edibles is mounting enough that one of Florida’s medical marijuana treatment centers, Surterra Wellness, has petitioned the state to get moving on its policies towards candies and baked goods infused with cannabis.
Considering that the state has banned the smoking of medical marijuana flower, it is not surprising that patients are interested in marijuana edibles. The state of Colorado just banned any marijuana edibles that are shaped like animals or people in order to make them less attractive to children. Do you think that Colorado’s new policy will affect Florida’s policies on medical marijuana edibles?
In Colorado, California and other cannabis hotbeds, marijuana “edibles” are big business. That’s not the case yet in Florida, a state that technically allows edibles but where regulators have yet to set rules for cannabis candies.
In a move to spur the state to allow cannabis candies, Surterra Wellness, one of Florida’s state-licensed marijuana sellers, filed a formal petition with the Florida Department of Health’s Office of Medical Marijuana Use asking for rules regulating edibles.
“Many patients have been seeking edible products because it is the best format for them to find relief,” Surterra President Wesley Reynolds said Monday in a statement. “Surterra Wellness has and will continue to fight for access to medical cannabis, and this is just a continuation of that cause. The more available options for people, the more likely they will be able to use a cannabis product instead of highly addictive and easily abused opiates.”
Pot opponents fear confused children will consume cannabis candies, and Colorado requires edibles sold there to be emblazoned with a cannabis symbol.
Surterra’s petition lists five categories of edibles: “(a) Chocolate, (b) Soft confections, (c) Hard confections and lozenges, (d) Consolidated baked goods (e.g. cookie, brownie, cupcake, granola bar), (e) Pressed pills and capsules.”
Its request also proposes requirements for size (edibles must be at least a quarter-inch by a quarter-inch) and labeling (edibles will “be marked, stamped or otherwise imprinted on at least one side”).
Florida law prohibits smoked marijuana but allows the sale of cannabis oils. John Morgan, the Orlando attorney who bankrolled the constitutional amendment to allow cannabis in Florida, has sued the state to allow the sale of smokable weed.