Backlash Over Oregon's Decision To Ban Edible Medical Marijuana Items

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A&A Packaging comments on Oregon's stance on child safety relating to marijuana edibles in a newly budding marijuana industry in the state.

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Protecting children against the accidental ingestion of marijuana infused food products should always be the state's top priority.

Oregon's Medical Marijuana law has taken a surprising turn of events as the Oregon Health Department has opted to prohibit sale of sweetened edible marijuana items in its new legal dispensaries. Although intended as a measure to protect children from accidental consumption of items that they could consider candy or treats, it has engendered a significant public backlash from both medical marijuana advocates and the general public.

According the CBS, although many consider medical marijuana primarily a medication consumed by smoking, a growing number of patients choose consumption of edibles their method of treatment. The consumables often are brownies or cakes but some dispensaries sell them in the form of hard candies or even chocolates. The position of Oregon's state officials is that these items are too easily confused for non-medicinal treats and present a danger to children.

Medical marijuana advocates have come down hard on this issue, calling it discriminatory to patients who chose to ingest marijuana orally states CBS. Patients who take the drug orally say that it is bitter and difficult to swallow without some form of sweetening. Some patients, depending on their condition, may have their doctor recommend this method of dosage to increase potency or duration of its medicinal effects.

According to CBS News, representatives of the Oregon Health Authority have been taking the high volume of feedback on this issue under consideration, but they need to have firm regulations in place ahead of opening Oregon's first legal dispensaries as soon as next week. The position of A&A Global Imports was released shortly after the CBS story on this issue hit the stands. A Representative of A&A global imports said, "Although we disagree with Oregon's stance on banning marijuana edibles, we understand the state's position on child safety. Protecting children against the accidental ingestion of marijuana infused food products should always be the state's top priority."

The law that governs Oregon's medical marijuana dispensaries, SB 1531, allows the OHA to set rules requiring child-safe packaging and prohibit products that it sees as failing to meet the requirement for child safety. However, A&A's Representative says that the ban is completely avoidable. "Oregon is following virtually the same regulations as Colorado has since the beginning of the year, and the use of opaque childproof packaging in Colorado is a more sensible alternative to completely banning edibles. A&A Packaging has a full line of child-safe packaging that meets these regulations and could enable patients in Oregon to purchase the medicine that they need for their condition."

A&A Global Imports is a California-based distributor of pharmaceutical supplies that provides high quality storage containers and products for all legal marijuana dispensaries. A&A Global imports is a proponent of child safety and safe packaging and takes pride in providing a safe product that meets all regulatory standards. For more information regarding how A&A Global Imports can help you meet safe packaging requirements please call 1(888)315-2453 or visit their new site at

For more coverage of this developing story please visit CBS News for their story dated 3/21/2014:

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