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Bill Outlawing Cannabis “Candy” Introduced in Nevada

A bill introduced in Nevada’s Senate would outlaw the sales of all cannabis-infused “candy” in the state and lawmakers are considering other amendments that would eliminate all sugar-containing products and colorful products that might appeal to children, the Reno Gazette-Journal reports.

Sen. Patricia Farley, who introduced SB.344 to the Senate Judiciary Committee last week, said the bill “is just the start” on plans to add restrictions to cannabis products in Nevada.

“We have to draw a little bit stricter of a line in the sand,” she said in the report. “This is another way to make sure that Nevada leads the nation in its marijuana practices.”

Nevada Dispensary Association Executive Director Riana Durett indicated that many dispensaries have already implemented some measures of the bill – which includes limits on THC in edibles, and packaging and labeling requirements. She said the association would like to work on defining “candy” under the bill because it is such a broad term.

Cindy Brown, a medical cannabis advocate, argued that some gambling and alcohol establishments use mascots and cartoons and if such restrictions are placed on the cannabis industry they should apply to other adult-oriented industries as well.

“Let us have the mascots. What happened to personal responsibility of parents? We keep trying to over-regulate people,” she said. “What about children with cancer? We shouldn’t have to give them something yucky looking. Give them something pretty that they like.”

Joe Pollock, deputy administrator for the state Department of Health said he would like to see individual THC doses capped at 25 milligrams and that all edibles are required to be in opaque packaging.

The legislation has not yet been moved from the Judiciary Committee.

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