Pot edibles must undergo big changes under new California regulations

By: Amanda Brandeis
Posted: 9:32 PM, Nov 24, 2017

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Newly released data from the California Healthy Kids Survey shows drug use among teens continues to go down. That includes marijuana, by one percent.

Jim Crittenden, program specialist at the San Diego County Office of Education, says he hopes the trend won't be reversed after Jan. 1 when recreational marijuana is legal for users 21 and over.

"Between the high potency and delayed time onset of being high, we're seeing kids use too much of this product," said Crittenden.

Crittenden says he wants parents and students to be aware of the drug's negative effect on a developing brain.

"A lot of the edibles look like food products, gummy bears, brownies, cookies, they look like standard food products so they're easy to conceal," said Crittenden.

But major changes are coming as to what edibles can look like and how much THC they can contain.

Christine Bordenave, General Manager with Torrey Holistics, explains that nearly all their current edibles will have to undergo some change in order to be compliant with the new rules.

"We as a legal dispensary at Torrey Holistics really want to make sure that we are doing everything we can to remain legal and to provide a safe, quality product to the public," said Bordenave.

Under the new rules, edibles will not be able to be shaped like animals, insects, fruits or humans.

Product bags must be opaque and childproof, even after they've been opened.

Edibles can contain no more than 100mg of THC per product and must be divided into serving sizes of no more than 10mg. 

Bordenave says after Jan. 1 they will have a window of time to comply with the new rules and that they are preparing for the changes with manufacturers.