Lee McCoy

A rules advisory committee for the Oregon Health Authority decided last Thursday to cap the potency limit for edible cannabis products at 5 milligrams of THC per serving, Noelle Crombie reports for The Oregonian. An entire package of edibles will be allowed up to 50 milligrams, or 10 doses, of THC.

Washington and Colorado both have edible potency caps of 10 milligrams per dose, giving Oregon the strictest potency requirements of any legalized state thus far.

Oregon’s medical marijuana patients will still have access to the more potent products: the agency settled on a 10 milligram THC limit for edible products and a whopping 4,000 milligram THC limit for tinctures, capsules, suppositories, skin patches and extracts. That last number is no mistake, and there have already been concerns voiced about the prospects of a 4,000 milligram THC suppository — so there may be a future effort to cap such products at 100 milligrams per dose.

There will be several hearings for public comment on the new limitations, but those dates are currently unannounced.

“We felt that a cautious approach was probably the best approach,” said Andre Ourso, manager of Oregon’s medical cannabis program. According to Ourso, the 5 milligram recreational limit was a compromise designed to protect children and rookie cannabis consumers who may accidentally consume more THC than would be comfortable.

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