In a move that outraged many producers of edible marijuana in the state of Washington, the state’s Liquor And Cannabis Board (LACB) announced that it would be reversing an earlier approval of marijuana-infused hard candies and gummies.
The board reversed its decision on the grounds that these edibles are “especially appealing to children.”
The LACB told cannabis companies that “all production of hard candy, tarts, fruit chews, colorful chocolates, jellies and any gummy type products should cease.”
Under new regulations that will go into effect on January 1st, 2019, these edibles will no longer be approved for sale. Stores can sell such products through April 3, 2019 or until existing inventory is depleted.
Some edible marijuana producers had said to The Seattle Times that this would greatly effect their businesses. Diana Isaiou told the Times that 60 percent of her business comes from previously approved fruit chews. She remarked, “We don’t get business loans in the marijuana industry. These are people’s personal bank rolls.”