Marijuana Edibles Being Transported Illegally Across State Lines

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Law enforcement officials are reporting an increase in marijuana-infused edible products being transported illegally across state lines for resale.

Edibles resemble candy or home-baked products, and often have no smell that indicates they contain marijuana, The New York Times reports. Missouri troopers confiscated 400 pounds of commercially made marijuana chocolate in February. New Jersey state police seized 80 pounds of homemade marijuana sweets. Oklahoma officers seized about 40 pounds of commercial marijuana products, including taffy-like “Cheeba Chews” and bottles of marijuana-infused lemonade.

In Colorado, where recreational marijuana is legal for adults 21 and over, edible marijuana products have become a popular alternative to smoking marijuana. Adults 21 and over can legally purchase marijuana edibles at state-licensed stores. Marijuana is now available in products ranging from candy to soda and granola. The amount of marijuana in edible products varies widely. In some cases, products contain levels so high that people experience extreme paranoia and anxiety.

The high produced by edible products comes on more slowly than smoked marijuana. Inexperienced users may consume too much, causing severe impairment. Some experts are concerned that marijuana edibles smuggled into other states may appeal to teens.

Colorado health officials are trying to find a way to prevent people from overdosing on marijuana edibles. The products have been implicated in two suicides and one murder in the past 13 months. Almost five million edibles were sold in Colorado stores last year.

Marijuana edibles are also legal in Washington state, and will soon be legal in Oregon and Alaska. Edible products are also available to medical marijuana users in at least six of the 23 states with medical marijuana programs, the article notes.

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    October 26, 2018 at 3:08 PM

    In Oregon there is n enforced strict labeling of ALL products sold including edibles.

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    March 24, 2016 at 11:48 PM

    Depending on the amount and strength of the THC, withdrawals requires detox, Hallucinations, Poor Judgement, Not Eating, Very Poor Attitude with Angry, Irrational Outbursts with can cause violence. Mike

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    May 22, 2015 at 3:40 PM

    I am the Coordinator of a Massachusetts DFC Coalition and I spoke with one from Colorado at a national conference a few months ago. He told me there are no regulations and no dosages on the edibles. One doesn’t know the THC levels unless the product is independently analyzed in a lab by the purchaser. He did this for a few products and said THC levels were upwards of 70%. Bear in mind that THC levels in the Woodstock era were 3%. This is staggering and the consumer is not even aware.

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    May 21, 2015 at 12:01 PM

    Wait. I thought no one ever died from Marijuana. “May appeal to teens”? For sure these products will appeal to children. At least the reality of what’s happening in CO is beginning to be shared.

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