A Seattle-based company that makes marijuana-infused drinks and candies has become the first business in Washington approved to make edible pot products for the state’s newly opened stores.
Db3 Inc, which will trade under the brand name Zoots, received its licence on Tuesday, meaning it can begin growing marijuana and using it to make recreational edibles in an approved commercial kitchen.
State officials said this week that two other companies were awarded processing licences, but did not yet have approved kitchens.
“This is a landmark day, not only for Db3 as a company, but also for the consumers facing a potential shortage of edible products at retail outlets,” the firm’s president, Michael Devlin, said in a statement.
It was not immediately clear when pot edibles would hit shelves. The state Liquor Control Board, which regulates the fledgling marijuana sector, is due to consider a proposal next week on packaging and labelling standards for edibles.
The state’s first recreational pot stores opened on Tuesday, making Washington only the second state to allow such sales after Colorado. A law approved by voters in 2012 permits anyone 21 and older to possess as much as an ounce of marijuana at any one time.
Last month, Governor Jay Inslee said the state would require child-resistant packaging for marijuana products and prohibit images and products that could appeal to minors.
The new edibles must also be tested for potency and to ensure the marijuana derivatives are spread evenly throughout the products.
“We’ve heard stories from Colorado that edibles can be very strong for people who are not used to trying them,” said liquor board spokesman Brian Smith. “The board wanted to make sure consumers knew what they were getting and how much to ingest.”
Colorado, meanwhile, is smoking pot by the ton – and visitors are, too. That’s the conclusion from Colorado pot regulators who have issued what might be the world’s first market study of legal recreational marijuana.
The study released late Wednesday concluded that total market demand for marijuana in Colorado is about 130 tonnes a year. That’s about 121 tonnes for residents and almost nine tonnes a year for visitors. These figures include medical and recreational marijuana.
The state concluded that visitors account for 44 per cent of the recreational marijuana retail sales in the Denver area. In the mountains and other vacation spots, visitors to Colorado account for 90 per cent of recreational retail sales. How the medical and recreational marijuana markets will develop over time is uncertain, the study said.
Colorado’s Department of Revenue compiled the market study, the first since retail sales began in January.
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