LITTLE ROCK, Ar. – Medical marijuana patients in Arkansas who want to eat the drug will get their way in a matter of weeks, but it’s causing some worry.
It’s been about a week since the first medical marijuana dispensaries opened in Arkansas and now the cultivator “bold team” says edibles will be available by the end of next week.
Bold team says gummy chews, concentrates, and vape cartridges will be part of the next harvest.
This raises concerns about edibles making marijuana attractive to kids.
Arkansas law states what can and cannot be sold as edible outlawing cookies, candy, and brownies.
The law also bans the use of colorful packaging for the product.
Spokesperson for the medical marijuana commission, Scott Hardin, says dispensaries have ways to fall in line with these rules.
State Senator Bart Hester worries children could easily get their hands on the drug.
“You can’t have candy but you can’t have a gummy bear, and certainly that would appeal to children, but you can have is the vitamin gummy that’s sold,” Hardin said.
“Any expert will tell you with smoking, the only benefit it provides above a pill is the ability to get high. So I think if we’re going to use this as a drug, it needs to look like a drug. It needs to be in a drug bottle. It needs to be shaped as a drug in a pill form.”
Hardin argues about 50 percent of the medical marijuana market wants edibles and believes it’s a good way to better serve patients.