Democrats Ask Drug Policy Office to Do More to Combat Opioid Epidemic
Twenty Democratic senators are asking the Office of National Drug Control Policy to do more to combat the opioid epidemic, according to the Associated Press.
Under the new regulations, marijuana cookies and brownies must be individually and opaquely wrapped with the amount of marijuana clearly labeled on the package, no edibles are allowed to resemble candy, and dispensaries will be required to obtain a special permit to serve hot and cold pot-infused drinks.
The legislation comes after a number of people have been taken to the emergency room after accidentally ingesting food that contains the drug. One doctor cited marijuana-infused edibles as a top cause of accidental poisoning among pets in the San Francisco area.
“I would definitely recommend that patients consider cookies just like their medication, like their Vicodin,” said dispensary operator Kevin Reed. “If it's not labeled, you don't want to be that one explaining to Mom why her heart is beating that fast.”