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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Marijuana Edibles Crossing State Lines

With more and more states adopting a more lenient stance towards marijuana, between medical marijuana and limited recreational legalization, it comes as little surprise that states without such policies are seeing an influx of marijuana products crossing their borders. A number of states have complained that cannabis products from states like Colorado and Washington are being illegally transported across state lines for increased return.

Historically, marijuana that moved across the country was always in plant form. Today, however, officials in marijuana unfriendly states need to be on the lookout for edibles, The New York Times reports. Cannabis edibles have become quite popular, products like lollipops and marshmallows provide users a high without the smoke. Many of these products come in packaging that looks like it was purchased in a grocery store or corner market.

In Tennessee, officers recently stopped a Chevy Blazer driven by a couple with three children in back, according to the article. A search of the vehicle produced 24 pounds of cannabis cookies, small gingerbread men hard candies, and marijuana butter. A meat injector for lacing the products with the butter was also discovered.

“This is the first time that we have ever seen marijuana butter or any of this candy containing marijuana in the county,” said Jim Jeffries, the police chief in LaFollette, Tenn. “We hope it’s the last time.”

Concerns about the consumption of marijuana edibles has been mounting for some time, many have called for increased regulation of such products. In states where marijuana is still illegal through-and-through, there has been little, if any, public education on cannabis edibles.

“Citizens in nonlegalization states are far less likely to be receiving those messages, so their risks are probably greater,” said Robert J. MacCoun, a professor of law at Stanford who recently co-wrote an editorial that called for stronger regulation of cannabis edibles in The New England Journal of Medicine.

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