Massachusetts Legalization Debate Centers on Edibles


As Massachusetts residents mull their upcoming votes on a November ballot question that could legalize recreational marijuana, the public debate is centering on edibles infused with pot, according to a July 11, 2016, article at

A group of Massachusetts state senators recently took a trip to Colorado, where marijuana edibles that look like gummy bears, fruits and animals have been outlawed due to concerns children might mistake them for regular candy.

In a report following the trip, the Massachusetts senators wrote, “Many of these products can be mistaken for other products already on the shelves, as the differences in taste, color and smell may be close to undetectable. Edibles such as cookies and candy can be particularly appealing to children.”

Jim Borghesani, spokesman for the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, responded to concerns about retail edibles by saying they would be subject to regulatory oversight.

“What’s important for Massachusetts voters to know is that the cannabis control commission has full authority over what can be sold and what cannot,” Borghesani said. “It won’t be the retailers who determine what’s sold, what type of products, what shape, what size, what look.”

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