The regulatory and consumer-demand landscapes are changing rapidly. Here are the essentials.
Keeping abreast of what’s happening in the market for marijuana-infused foods (MIFs) can be daunting. The regulatory and consumer-demand landscapes are changing rapidly, and misconceptions abound.
The United States government classifies marijuana as a Schedule I controlled substance under the Controlled Substances Act. Medicinal marijuana is legal in 20 US states and the District of Columbia but is not recognized by US federal law. MIFs, which the FDA considers “adulterated” or unsafe, are the fastest-growing segment of the medicinal marijuana industry. “Medibles” – the slang term used for foods infused with tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the active compound in marijuana – are typically sold at medical-cannabis dispensaries, in states that have legalized medicinal or recreational marijuana.
Popular medibles include chocolates, brownies, hard candies, rice crisp-style treats, and beverages. Most MIF producers say they would welcome regulation, but for now most operate underground.
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