THC LIMIT COULD PUT CHEESECAKE LADY OUT OF BUSINESS
If the THC limit to marijuana edibles becomes a law many patients would not be able to afford the amount of edibles they’d need to mitigate pain.
Recently, the House-approved marijuana bill, introduced a cap on the THC levels allowable in pot-infused edibles — limits that are pretty low.
Jessica LeRoux, streetname the Cheesecake Lady, who owns and operates Twirling Hippy Confections, one of longest-running and most prevalent edibles companies in Colorado, is weary of the low limits. If the limits become law, she says “I can’t see any way that my business could survive.”
House Bill 13-1317, calls for “a serving size for edible retail marijuana products that does not contain more than ten milligrams of active THC, label requirements regarding servings for edible retail marijuana products, and limitations on the total amount of active THC in a package that is no more than one-hundred milligrams of active THC.”
Although the Twirling Hippy website lists a number of products under one-hundred milligrams, LeRoux says that the roster is out of date. “Now, tier three is 125 milligrams across the board, the next tier above that is up to 240 milligrams, and post-Amendment 64,” which allows people to share marijuana, “we’ve been making customized cakes that can go anywhere from 500 to 1,500 milligrams.”
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Not only are THC amounts rising as a result of competition from other manufacturers, but also largely in response to medical marijuana patients who use edibles to counteract pain building up a tolerance to THC, LeRoux says.
“They’re not eating these for the euphoric effect,” she stresses. “They’re intended to get you through the day when you’re dealing with pain.”
It is uncertain whether the proposed limit would apply to both recreational and medical consumers, since the establishment of new medical standards has been put on a hold until after the legislature acts. However, if the standard is applied to both, medical patients would have eat a significant more amount of edibles to accomplish a comparable amount of pain relief.
Leroux claims that not only would a number of patients not be have the financial means to do so, but also that over consumption would result in other dietary and health concerns as well.
What effect would the limits have on purely recreational users? LeRoux believes that “a first-time user may have a pleasant and euphoric experience on 25 milligrams,” but the ten milligram limit “creates a false bottom. Let’s say you eat ten milligrams and nothing happens. You’re going to keep eating, and then it’s going to catch up with you.”
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