Marijuana

My Marijuana Overdose

Edibles are tricky, but consumers are not as helpless as Maureen Dowd implies.

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During a recent trip to Colorado, I sat on the cold hard floor of my hotel bathroom in the middle of the night, thinking about Maureen Dowd. The New York Times columnist had been widely mocked for eating too much marijuana-infused chocolate, which left her "curled up in a hallucinatory state for the next eight hours." And not in a good way.

"I was panting and paranoid, sure that when the room-service waiter knocked and I didn't answer, he'd call the police and have me arrested for being unable to handle my candy," Dowd wrote in June. "I strained to remember where I was or even what I was wearing, touching my green corduroy jeans and staring at the exposed-brick wall. As my paranoia deepened, I became convinced that I had died and no one was telling me."

My own marijuana overdose was not nearly so dramatic. But I clearly had eaten one sour gummy candy too many. When I got up from bed to use the bathroom shortly after midnight, I was so dizzy that I had to sit down. I sat/fell hard enough to leave an impressive-looking bruise on my lower back. I know because during my massage with cannabis-infused lotion a few days later the masseuse remarked on it, which prompted me to tell her the whole embarrassing story, the moral of which is that edibles are indeed tricky, but consumers are not quite as helpless as Dowd portrays them.

'Start Low and Go Slow'

Toni Fox, owner of 3D Cannabis Center in Denver, does not discount the unpleasantness of Dowd's ordeal. Although "you're not going to die from it," she says, "you can feel absolutely horrific if you've never had an experience like that." At the same time, Fox thinks Dowd should have known better. "I believe the dispensary told her what the proper dosage was," she says. "I believe her tour guide told her what a proper dosage is." The guide who showed Dowd around during her visit told The Cannabist he warned her to be careful with edibles. "We all know that the world is watching us," says Fox, whose dispensary was the first recreational pot store to open in January. "He knew who she was. He's going to inform her correctly."

Dowd claimed that in response to experiences like hers Colorado regulators are "moving toward demarcating a single-serving size of 10 milligrams." But when she wrote her column, state regulations already required that labels on marijuana-infused foods and beverages indicate the total amount of THC and the number of 10-milligram "standard servings" in a package. "Total THC content is very clear on the packaging," notes Joe Hodas, chief marketing officer at Dixie Elixirs & Edibles in Denver. Labels also indicate that "10 milligrams is a serving size," he adds, and "if there are multiple servings of THC within an item, that is denoted appropriately."

Dowd says the wrapper of the candy bar she bought did not include this information. Yet almost all of the edibles I saw during my trip in June had labels that indicated an appropriate serving for new or occasional consumers.

Using the information on the label is often straightforward. Edi-Pure makes various cannabis-infused candies, including the watermelon-flavored gummies I bought, in packages of 10. Each candy contains one 10-milligram dose of THC. Sometimes calculating a serving is a bit trickier. Dixie sells bubbly, fruit-flavored drinks in 250-milliliter bottles that contain either 40 or 75 milligrams of THC, so you need a measuring cup (and possibly a calculator) to get the dose right. A standard serving is about 63 milliliters of the weaker version, 33 milliliters of the stronger one. In an effort to simplify things for newbies, Dixie recently introduced a five-milligram "single dose" drink "for those who are new to THC or don't like to share."

If Edi-Pure's products make dosing easy, why did I end up reeling on the way to the bathroom? I ate one candy in the late afternoon. Two hours later, I felt slightly buzzed and made the mistake of eating another candy to enhance the effect before heading out to dinner. What I failed to consider is that although an edible's effects typically are noticeable within an hour or two, they may not peak for several hours. That one candy, it turned out, was plenty, and two was too many, which may explain why I had so much trouble following the plot of Ender's Game on the hotel's pay-per-view system and fell asleep a third of the way through the movie (or maybe not; I have not tried to watch the movie sober). The extra candy also explains why I had so much trouble walking to the bathroom later that night.

For occasional cannabis consumers who would like to benefit from my stupidity, I'd say a good rule is to consume no more than a 10-milligram dose the first time around. The next day, you may decide in retrospect that 10 milligrams was not enough, but do not try to figure the right dose out on the fly, since it may take hours to feel the full effects. "Start with a low dose," advises Dixie's Joe Hodas, "and see how it feels-just as you would if you've never heard of alcohol in your life or never tried it before. Start low and go slow." The thing about edibles, as Maureen Dowd discovered, is that you can't uneat them when you realize you've had too much.

How the Government Pushes Edibles

"It is a legitimate issue," says Michael Elliott, executive director of Colorado's Marijuana Industry Group. "Maureen Dowd's story isn't the first time that we've heard about something like this happening. There are an awful lot of people who are new or naive users, and they simply don't understand that edible products take quite a long time to settle in."

Despite frequently expressed concerns about the special risks posed by edibles, restrictions on marijuana consumption in Colorado may be steering people toward them. As Brookings Institution scholar John Hudak notes in a generally positive review of Colorado's regulatory rollout published in July, it can be such a challenge to find a place where smoking pot is legal, especially for tourists, that people who otherwise would prefer to light up a bowl or a joint may end up eating truffles or cookies instead. "When it comes to edibles, tourists tend to be naive users-the highest-risk group," Hudak observes. "If you're worried about the safety of edibles," says Denver attorney Christian Sederberg, a leader of Colorado's legalization campaign, "then you should be encouraging places where people can smoke."

Consumers put off by the long and unpredictable delays associated with marijuana-infused foods may want to try vape pens, which use cartridges containing cannabis concentrates. These devices deliver THC as fast as smoking, so you can easily titrate your dose, but without combustion products. They also avoid digestion and processing by the liver, which creates 11-hydroxy-THC, a variation on marijuana's main psychoactive ingredient that may be more conducive to freakouts like Dowd's than the delta-9-THC that smokers and vapers get. Vape pens look like e-cigarettes and generate only a faint, quickly dissipating cannabis odor, so they can be used more discreetly than a joint or pipe.

For those who are determined not to inhale anything, several products occupy a middle ground between smoking/vaping and swallowing cannabis-infused solids. Beverages like Dixie's start to take effect much more quickly than solid foods (within 20 minutes for me). Then there are various products, including tinctures, sucking candies, and dissolving strips, that deliver THC mainly through the mucus membrane of the mouth, avoiding the liver and hastening the psychoactive effect. "We have a THC-infused mint that is incredibly popular," says Dixie CEO Tripp Keber. "It's placed between cheek and gum. You would absorb it through your buccal [mucosa], and it goes straight to the brain, so a very low dose is very efficient."

This year Gary Johnson, the former New Mexico governor and Libertarian presidential candidate, became CEO of a new company, Cannabis Sativa Inc., that will make marijuana-infused lozenges similar to cough drops. "Couple of things hit you when you try the product," Johnson told A.P. in July. "One is, wow, why would anybody smoke marijuana given this is an alternative? And then secondly, it's just very, very pleasant. I mean, very pleasant."

The Consumer Makes the Dose

One thing Dowd got right is that Colorado's marijuana industry originally served patients-regular users who have developed tolerance and are accustomed to high doses of THC. "The medical marijuana patient was driving the dosing up," Keber says. "They wanted as much medicine [as they could get] for their dollar." With the recreational consumers now entering the market, he says, "the profile is dramatically different. They want to be social. They want to be creative. They don't want to have a 100-milligram elixir and then sit in the corner."

The industry is adjusting, offering less potent products such as Dixie's five-milligram drinks, which are part of the new Dixie One line. "If this is what people want, the businesses are going to cater to it," says Michael Elliott of the Marijuana Industry Group. "On the recreational side, I think it just took a bit of time for everyone to realize that high-potency products aren't suitable for people who have never used edible products before. Now the companies are creating more of these low-potency products, with one dose of marijuana in one serving of food."

But it would be a mistake to mandate a one-size-fits-all approach. Currently the maximum amount of THC per package for recreational products is 100 milligrams, or 10 standard servings. Gov. John Hickenlooper has suggested each package should contain just "one dose." But one dose for whom? Ten milligrams may be plenty for an occasional user, but it is way too low for many regular users. As Elliott puts it, "A lot of consumers are saying, 'I don't want to get diabetes trying to get everything that I want. I don't want to have to eat 10 candy bars to get the 10 doses of marijuana that I want." Such a mandate would impose extra packaging expenses on manufacturers (and ultimately on consumers) while decreasing customer satisfaction. It makes more sense to offer a variety of potencies to suit the needs of different consumers.

At the end of July, the Colorado Department of Revenue's Marijuana Enforcement Division (MED) unveiled "emergency" regulations that require edibles containing more than one 10-milligram dose of THC to be "physically demarked in a way that enables a reasonable person to intuitively determine how much of the product constitutes a single serving." Furthermore, the 10-milligram servings must be "easily separable." Since it was already easy to find products meeting those standards, the new rule seems unnecessary. It amounts to a ban on products like 100-milligram truffles, since they are not easily divided into 10-milligram servings. But at least this approach will not interfere with consumer choice as much as Hickenlooper's proposal.

Other edible regulations may be coming down the pike, courtesy of legislators or the MED. There has been talk of requiring that marijuana-infused foods be stamped or marked in some other way that indicates their special nature even when they are removed from their packaging. That mandate would be relatively easy to carry out with a gum drop or a cookie, less so with drinks, cooking oil, or pasta sauce.

The main goal should not be to impose arbitrary limits but to give consumers the variety and information they need to make choices that satisfy them. At the same time, legislators and regulators should keep in mind that even the best rules will not always prevent people who should know better from making decisions they regret.

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66 responses to “My Marijuana Overdose

  1. “If you’re worried about the safety of edibles,” says Denver attorney Christian Sederberg, a leader of Colorado’s legalization campaign, “then you should be encouraging places where people can smoke.”

    You presume the Denver city council, police, and public safety bureaucrats are in any way interested in the safety of consumers rather than extorting fines for public consumption or smoking indoors. And, of course, punishing the plebes who stepped out of line to get this thing passed.

  2. Heh – the first time I ate pot brownies I thought “this is a waste of perfectly good weed.” I hung out with my friends for awhile longer, went home and went to sleep. And then a few hours later, I woke up in bed, feeling super high.

    Still a waste since I ended up falling back asleep.

    1. If you’re going to consume fun quantities of edibles, you kind of have to plan your evening around them.

  3. I hope this push to reduce the amount of THC in edibles doesn’t spread to other states. I prefer edibles over smoking, and need to ingest at least 100mg to feel anything. My current favorite edible is called ‘Green Hornet,’ and is a tiny gummy square that packs a whopping 175mg of THC. Highly recommended…

    1. That would be roughly 17.5 times higher than what I can handle without being overwhelmed. But I’m glad that they make those.

  4. So, Maureen Dowd, lomgtime Liberal Establishment figure and general asshat, wrote an account of partaking of legal marijuana and hyped the dangers.

    Quel surprise.

    1. “So, Maureen Dowd, lomgtime Liberal Establishment figure and general asshat, wrote an account of partaking of legal marijuana and hyped the dangers.

      RIGHT – because, as we all know from Reason and Logic, it’s not the LEFT that has pushed 95% of the stuff that decrimed, made it medical or legalized it.

      Backwards Bizzarro World Again.

      I’m going to have to school you.

      Hippie = Progressive and Leftists (power to the people, etc.)

      Hippies Smoke Pot.

      Etc.

      Conservatives created a War on Drugs.
      They jailed, and continue to jail and discipline, millions of Americans because MJ does not meet their Family Values.

      Any Questions?

      On a similar subject, could you point me to the rewritten history books which shows Righties running and supporting NORML for the past 40 years? Now, not one libertarians who latched on and said stuff. REAL work in the trenches over the decades…

      Any honest person MUST give credit to liberals for the winding down of Reagans and the Right’s War on Your Mind.

      1. Yes but what you seem to have failed to realize is that socially liberal is right wing, not left wing. Making hippies socially liberal or libertarian.

        This is a common mistake made by the left leaner, as they tend to make the mistake of equating right wing with Republicans and therefore making the equally mistaken assumption that socially liberal must then be left wing.

        Republicans are definitely not right wing in my estimation, being both socially conservative and fiscally irresponsible.

      2. The “liberals” in Colorado, like Gov Hickenlooper, are bent out of shape not because people can legally do pot, but because it was the people who, via referendum, legalized it. They are therefore trying to make it as difficult as possible to indulge.

        It’s about control. There are lots of “liberals” totally wrapped around the WoD.

      3. Any honest person MUST give credit to liberals for the winding down of Reagans and the Right’s War on Your Mind.

        Like the liberals who have had a stranglehold on NYC politics for the last few generations and who arrest greater numbers of people for pot possession every year – who in fact, use entrapment and stop ‘n’ frisk tactics as an excuse to harrass innocent people they don’t like the looks of? Those liberals?

      4. I do give liberals credit for taking the lead on this, but keep in mind that this was a libertarian issue even before it was a liberal issue. And the Reagan drug war surge was absolutely bipartisan, as has been the law enforcement resistance to legalization in Colorado and elsewhere. Both teams were agreed that drugs are bad, mkay, and that locking up black men en masse for it was the answer, and it took equally bipartisan resistance to get past them.

      5. Well headinass. Why won’t you “Liberals” allow me to distill, and why won’t your enemies the “Conservatives” allow me to grow ?? I make a pleasant, fun tasting, Crazy Mary Absinthe. I wish I could put it up on the “legal” market.

          1. And guns. Bows, and Guns.

        1. “I make a pleasant, fun tasting, Crazy Mary Absinthe. I wish I could put it up on the “legal” market.”

          Ask the deeply conservative states about that. If they truly are more “free”, then you have a point.

          Here in liberal la-la land we have MANY brewers of beer, cider, brandy and other such things. Also, our little towns have almost unlimited places that serve. The local guitar shop has a bar in it!

          I’m not saying it’s “totally libertarian free”, but it’s certainly not the Bible Belt either. At least some of your friends here have the honesty to admin that Libs led on this (as they do with many such issues).

      6. The Liberal Establishment aren’t hippies. They may be Hippies who got power hungry, or more often they are part of the Progressive-Radical axis that give lip service to Hippie causes when they think the Hippies might be useful.

        Hippies seldom go the Power Trip route; it’s too much friggin’ work. The Liberal Establishment are the Progressive bigots, control freaks, and would-be autocrats that sourrounded Woodrow Wilson (the swine) and FDR.

        The Liberal Establishment LOVES them some War On Drugs; the drug subculture does sooooo much to wreck the Lower Orders who otherwise might figure out the Democrats are a bunch of elitist bastards who mean them no good. And a record of getting bent without the Government’s permission is so very useful when you want to discredit some peon who has stepped off the Plantation.

      7. Liberals seem ok with pot legalization, but they despise cigarettes and will stop at nothing to make it (effectively) illegal. Go figure.

        Actually, a lot of mainstream liberals are not down with legalization. The city of LA (voters too, not just the city government) routinely reject against new pot shops and puts restriction on existing ones. CA rejected legalization when Obama was on ballet, if I’m not mistaken.

        I suspect that liberals who back legal pot are motivated more by the drug’s counterculture appeal rather than personal freedom. Once the wheels of free market turns and big companies start getting into the game, their opinion may change.

        And they only need ONE victim to start a wider campaign or narrative. Just one.

        1. “Liberals seem ok with pot legalization, but they despise cigarettes and will stop at nothing to make it (effectively) illegal. Go figure.”

          I’ve never attended an “anti-cigarette” rally or gave money to an org that did stuff like that.

          But you are correct in one sense. We liberals believe in science and medicine and do stand behind “sin taxes” when a percentage of the population wants to harm themselves and society. At least I have the balls to admit it…..and stand behind it. Yes, it’s better that cigs are $6 a pack than being $1 and if you asked most people they are OK with smoking bans and regs.

          Has it gone too far? Probably. But that’s often the price of progress.

          1. ” if you asked most people they are OK with smoking bans and regs.”

            Ask the guy they choked to death over untaxed cigarettes by the conservative reactionary teabaggers in New York.

          2. We liberals believe in science and medicine and do stand behind “sin taxes” when a percentage of the population wants to harm themselves and society.

            Interesting. Maybe you could explain what charging an arbitrary fee on the purchase of tobacco has to do with “science” or “medicine.” Or, perhaps you might walk me through how a person smoking a cigarette is like a bomb-throwing anarchist (apologies to anarchists) who wants to destroy society one Marlboro Light at a time.

            While we’re on the subject, do please enlighten us as to what claim “society” has on a person’s decisions vis a vis substances that person chooses to ingest. Bonus points if you can explain just who is in this “society” of yours and why the membership always seems to shift in such a way as to exclude people who do things you don’t like.

      8. Tip O’Neil put the WOD on steroids.

      9. I love how Ronald Reagan was able to go back in time and get Woodrow Wilson to sign the Harrison Act of 1914, and then get FDR to sign the Marihuana Tax Act of (1935?)

    2. Anyone want to bet Ms Dowd listened real careful when they were giving her the instructions?

      1. Nah. The green corduroy jeans were too tight…

  5. “During a recent trip to Colorado, Jacob Sullum sat on the cold hard floor of a hotel bathroom in the middle of the night, thinking about Maureen Dowd. ”

    Best line of the day.

    1. Worst trip ever.

  6. I was in Denver a month ago and went the vape pen route for public consumption. No one even looked at me twice even though I was strolling down the 16th Street Mall getting high as a kite. The locals said that as long as you’re not in their face the cops don’t care. I did catch some roughing up a handcuffed prisoner however.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33SBIfkVdCc

    1. It was Boulder cops who cured me of any naive notions that police are good people.

  7. Eating provides the perfect definition of the word “stoned”. If you have no tolerance, you will lay on the sofa and feel like a 80 lb. boulder is crushing you. Not pleasant.

    When I was 17 we ate some hash – and, as other do, we ate more because we were not getting high. I had a quickie (I thought) dental appointment on the way home so stopped in and expected to be out before the hash kicked in. Well – turns out the Doc decided to fill 13 cavities.

    So, first, he gives me the long needle with the Novocain. While one usually doesn’t feel a high from it, the hash had come on, so I felt the stuff coursing through my veins and head. Then he put on a mask with laughing gas! I was now in a state we could only call “brazenly high”. I remember trying to think of a way out of this mess – maybe just ripping off the mask and making a run for it!

    Somehow I made it through…

    1. When I was 18 I smoked my first hash and gorged myself with avocado, vinegar and onions. I hated avocado before that.

    2. Purge you bong hits with Nitrous Oxide.

      1. “Purge you bong hits with Nitrous Oxide.”

        One time my bro got a full tank of dental grade. I saw God. No kidding. I’d bet she’s still there if we had another tank.

  8. I’m not a smoker, so getting lozenges would be an awesome way of using marijuana. And a low dose would be ideal as I use marijuana very occasionally, like once a year. But even if it was in higher doses, it wouldn’t be hard for me to figure out how to divide the dose.

    I recently quite drinking too as drinking is no good for my liver, so being able to get some marijuana as an alternative would be great.

  9. “Dowd says the wrapper of the candy bar she bought did not include this information.”

    To be fair, she was high on power when she read it.

    1. She was high on the fact that someone actually pays her for banal vacuous tripe.

  10. The one time I did too much THC, I recited the entire script of the Terminator word for word to an at first amused but then alarmed captive audience (road trip). This is a feat I can only perform while really really stoned.

    1. “The one time I did too much THC, I recited the entire script of the Terminator word for word to an at first amused but then alarmed captive audience (road trip). This is a feat I can only perform while really really stoned.”

      We had a friend who could recite, and act out, the entire side from a Procol Harum album – he used to freak people out!

      “In the darkness of the night, only occasionally relieved by glimpses of Nirvana as seen through other people’s windows, wallowing in a morass of self-despair made only more painful by the knowledge that all I am is of my own making …
      When everything around me, even the kitchen ceiling, has collapsed and crumbled without warning. And I am left, standing alive and well, looking up and wondering why and wherefore.
      At a time like this, which exists maybe only for me, but is nonetheless real, if I can communicate, and in the telling and the bearing of my soul anything is gained, even though the words which I use are pretentious and make you cringe with embarrassment, let me remind you of the pilgrim who asked for an audience with the Dalai Lama.”

  11. I was at my neighbor’s birthday party this year when some of the guests passed around a joint of some serious homegrown indica shit. Being the lightweight that I am, it knocked me sideways into Paranoia Land. So much so that I couldn’t handle a social setting. So I just went home and watched the tube. I knew what it was and that it would go away. Whatevs.

  12. Smoked a lot in high school. Then Pot started giving me The Fear once I was 18 or so. I don’t know if it was stronger stuff or because I actually began having responsibilities.

    Edibles are almost always make me feel dizzy at best or at worst, made me feel that I was about to become the first recorded fatality from THC.

    Funny I’ve been coming back to the stuff now that I’m older. Drinking just has too many physical and personality side effects the older I get. I’m still a freakin lightweight though. I look forward to the market gearing products towards lighter smokables. so you can actively smoke without it getting totally on top of you. Vapes are probably the best bet but the only one I’ve tried were actually too weak. You only vaguely felt it for 20 mins or so.

    1. “I look forward to the market gearing products towards lighter smokables. so you can actively smoke without it getting totally on top of you. Vapes are probably the best bet but the only one I’ve tried were actually too weak. You only vaguely felt it for 20 mins or so.”

      I’d say a blend of Moroccan Kif mixed with a bit of opium would provide that light airy head along with some bodily pain relief.

      Still, to this day, the strongest hash I ever had was Afghani Opiated. But that’s illegal….too bad. Medicinally it’s what a lot of people would benefit most from.

      1. The hippies I get stuff from are constantly slang in the high powered stuff. Though they have steered me towards the sativas which has helped. I’ve learned to take a quick hit and put it down for 20 minutes. This either does the trick or tempers me to more and keeps the heart from racing.

        As for opium, throughout my serious drug days I tried it 20 times and I think it was real exactly once. It was so heavily faked I learned to steer clear. I guess it didn’t make too much sense to attempt to smuggle that when you could probably smuggle 10 times the heroin and make 10 times the money. Still, I love the idea of opium. So lOng as I’m not on the corner chugging cock for one more hit….

        seems something totally designed for vape pens, though. It may make a come back.

        1. “Still, I love the idea of opium. So lOng as I’m not on the corner chugging cock for one more hit….”

          Libertarian hint….poppy plants and pods are legal. You can even grow the stuff although once you slit the pods you are wading into questionable territory! As long as you use them for decoration and flower arrangements…you are OK.

          Ah, moderation in all thing. I threw a couple seeds into the garden once and it was cool.

          All of that BS about getting hooked is just that. Sure, the same folks who would get hooked on drinking, etc. may tend that way, but many tens of millions of people the world over partake small amounts.
          I remember reading a book about some Muslim populations – they, of course, abstain from booze and all drugs (ha ha). But the guys would put a wad of tabacco and opium in their mouths in the evening and it would allow them to continue on.

          Many of these so-called evil substances are only that way because either the forbidden fruit thing makes people take too much of them…or become criminals…or, because they either make you think (the corporations and gubment don’t like such things) or not act with the Protestant Work Ethic.

          1. Agreed. I’m for any sort of drug consumption if you can be responsible for your own actions and decisions. Opioid addiction is real. But almost to a person, every one who got so deep in it they were stealing, lying, etc are the same people who’d abuse Sensodine toothpaste if it were the only thing available to them.

            Or they were pain med patients who bugged their doctors incessantly for more and more, and then years later blamed the doctors for getting them hooked.

    2. Smoked a lot in high school. Then Pot started giving me The Fear once I was 18 or so. I don’t know if it was stronger stuff or because I actually began having responsibilities.

      The stuff I have smoked recently, like once a year, is WAY stronger than the stuff I smoked much more frequently in college 20 years ago.

  13. I have bad hypersensitivity pneumonitis that keeps me from being able to smoke anything, or even grill or enjoy a campfire. Yeah, I’m the person they institute crazy public smoking restrictions for? very sorry about that. So to me, Colorado’s edibles are a huge boon. They keep me from having to cook with huge amounts of weed athome, and they have consistency and strain variety that you just couldn’t get without smoking until now. I hope they don’t restrict them just because a kid or NY Times opinion writer gets into them

  14. my roomate’s step-aunt makes $70 hourly on the laptop . She has been fired for ten months but last month her pay was $13083 just working on the laptop for a few hours. take a look at the site here….

    ???? http://www.netjob70.com

  15. Planet Caravan.

  16. my co-worker’s mother-in-law makes $84 /hr on the internet . She has been without work for eight months but last month her paycheck was $21951 just working on the internet for a few hours. check out the post right here….
    ???????? http://www.paygazette.com

  17. Cannabis that looks like candy, tastes like candy should be illegal. There’s simply no excuse for it, and now we have a legitimate issue that the prohibitionists can use to thwart full legalization.

    Those who would truly benefit from medicinal use should be the first consideration.

    1. Candy that looks like candy should be illegal for adults to consume. Is that how the thinking goes?

    2. Following your logic, liqueurs should also be outlawed because they “taste like candy,” and unlike THC booze can actually kill you if you consume too much. Besides, I’ve never had a marijuana edible that wasn’t clearly marked and had that unmistakable ‘weed’ flavor. Besides, with the high cost of edibles (in California THC candy bars cost at least $12), no one’s going to leave them lying around. Give up trying to child-proof the world.

    3. I’d say proper identification is a small price to pay……just like we don’t make oxycontins look like milk duds.

    4. I agree! In fact, we should ban the use of sugar for those over the age of twelve. Adults have no business tasting anything sweet or fruity. That’s why I always give my valentine a can of plain mixed nuts (no beer nuts!) instead of chocolate. Obviously, flowers are out of the question, with their juvenile colors and scents.

  18. my neighbor’s aunt makes $69 every hour on the laptop . She has been fired for eight months but last month her check was $16750 just working on the laptop for a few hours.
    Go to website. ? ? ? ? ? ? http://www.jobsfish.com

  19. “…legislators and regulators should keep in mind that even the best rules will not always prevent people who should know better from making decisions they regret.”

    The trend is to dumb-down everything, so that the stupidest possible person can’t hurt themselves. Or, at least, can’t sue. That’s why knives, (and all sorts of obviously dangerous devices), now come with warnings.
    I agree that newbs should stay away from edibles. It’s so much easier to get just the right high by smoking. Unfortunately, people have an exaggerated fear of smoke nowadays.

    1. “Unfortunately, people have an exaggerated fear of smoke nowadays.”

      Not always just that. The self-awareness that comes with a high seems to tell a lot of people that their throat is now sore….

  20. Two things amaze me about cannabis. One is how anyone even wants to use it in any form, especially since it tastes and smells vile. I’ve tried it, and it doesn’t do anything for me. I don’t notice any affect from any amount I’ve tried. Weird.

    The other is why people would give anyone else the authority to decide for them. Nobody has any legitimate authority to determine what you eat, drink, smoke, etc… or how you get it. Just how did “government” come by this “authority” again? Did you give it to them?

    Your health, welfare and safety are our responsibility, and you are the only one responsible for the consequences of your choices and actions. Dowd is an idiot who wants “freedom” to do as she pleases, but insists that someone else bear the burden of the results, regardless of the harm done to others.

  21. Pardon my typos..

    Our health, welfare and safety are our responsibility as INDIVIDUALS.

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