Recreational Edibles Hit Shelves, Low THC Levels

pot-brownies-1Finally the time has come: the Oregon Health Authority has agreed upon the guidelines that permit Oregon dispensaries to sell edibles to recreational users.

At the end of March, Governor Kate Brown signed Senate Bill 1511, a law which would allow dispensaries to sell both edibles infused with THC and extracts used in vaporizers to recreational users. Both of these products will become available at all of your favorite dispensaries come June 2, and you won’t need an OMMP card to buy them.

However, no fun comes without a price. As a result of the controversy surrounding risks of marijuana overdosing—described in an Advocate report published last month—the limit on the amount of THC allowed in the new custom-made recreational edibles is very strict, and extremely low. Recreational users will only be allowed to purchase one edible item from each dispensary per day, and no matter the product type—candy, drinks, or baked goods—each item can contain no more than 15 milligrams of THC.

Upon hearing this news, many recreational users have complained about the amount permitted, which is relatively weak compared to the average 100 to 200 milligrams of THC available in “medibles” created for medical marijuana patients. Commenters on Internet coverage published by The Oregonian and Willamette Week complained that the amount of psychoactive material could be so little that it may not produce the desired effect for users who regularly smoke, inhale, or eat cannabis products.

A redeeming factor of the new law, which requires pot shops that wish to sell edibles and extracts to recreational users to register with the Oregon Health Authority, is that the THC limit for vaporizer extracts—also available at a one-a-day limit come June 2—is much higher, with a maximum dose of 1,000 milligrams.

Lotions, oils, and other topical skin products containing up to 6% of psychoactive cannabis will also soon be available to recreational users. Some pot shop owners say they’ll be hiring additional staff for the first week of June, a fact which should serve as a warning that dispensaries may be extremely crowded—so arrive early.

By Kiki Genoa