This summer time, medical hashish dispensaries in Oklahoma are providing sufferers a singular manner to deal with the warmth: THC-infused slushies.
Over the previous month, some dispensaries have put in slushy machines able to allotting frozen weed drinks in quite a lot of flavors at a value of $12 to $15. As temperatures proceed to rise, so have drink gross sales — however Sooner State regulators simply warned that these merchandise fail to satisfy security and testing rules.
In a latest “slushy-machine guidance” memo, the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority (OMMA) warned that “marijuana-infused slushies are unlikely to meet requirements set forth in Oklahoma statutes and rules.” According to the memo, these merchandise violate at the least three of the state’s medical hashish testing and packaging rules.
For one, the state requires that each one medical marijuana merchandise are bought in child-resistant packaging. These packages have to be opaque, resealable, and troublesome for a 5-year-old to open. The slushies, that are typically bought in normal plastic cups, don’t meet any of those necessities.
OMMA additionally notes that particular person dispensaries can solely promote merchandise which might be packaged by a licensed hashish producer. Dispensaries are prohibited from altering, packaging, or labeling merchandise themselves. That means the slushies are technically violating these pointers.
The slushies additionally violate a 3rd rule, based on the Sooner State’s memo, that requires all medical hashish merchandise to be examined in their closing kind. So whereas the THC used in these drinks might have handed the state’s normal lab assessments, the regulation requires that the slushies nonetheless should be examined for security.
“In this instance, the finished product is the slushy mixture to be dispensed to patients/caregivers, not the syrup,” the memo explains. “If water, ice, or any other substance is added to the product, additional testing is required to ensure the product is safe for consumption and final-product labeling is accurate.”
But regardless of the warnings, OMMA didn’t truly threaten to stop dispensaries from promoting weed slushies. And with none particular risk in place, many dispensaries are nonetheless providing these frozen treats. It stays to be seen whether or not the authorities will ultimately crack down on these merchandise, or if dispensaries will make an effort to adjust to the rules.
A freeze on slushy gross sales could also be a bummer for sufferers, however it’s unlikely to do any lasting harm to the state’s strong medical pot trade. In the two years since voters accepted the nation’s most progressive medical marijuana regulation, Oklahoma’s homegrown weed trade has grown leaps and bounds. Dispensaries break new gross sales information practically each month, with a excessive of $73 million in April – greater than many states’ adult-use industries bought that very same month.
In May, the state legislature handed a invoice that might permit dispensaries to make dwelling weed deliveries and permit out-of-state residents to purchase medical pot. Unfortunately, Governor Kevin Stitt (R) vetoed the invoice, and lawmakers didn’t vote to overturn the veto. Still, over 1 out of each 13 Oklahomans presently has a medical marijuana card, and the state’s trade is slated to proceed rising.