BEND, OR -- State officials are in the process of working out rules to regulate marijuana, once it becomes legal July first. Police say a marijuana candy overdose in Sunriver this week highlights some of the dangers of the drug. The woman, who legally purchased the pot-laced candy in Washington state, survived. But, Tom Towsley with the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, says many have expressed concerns about edibles. "There are some very thorny issues asociated with edibles- potency, dosage, packaging and labeling- that make it different than what we traditionally think of as marijuana."
Towsley tells KBND News, "People are especially concerned about children. Some of those look like cake, candy and brownies. We want to get a sense of how Oregonians want us to regulate it. That's why the commission is going to take its time and get it right." He says one of the goals is to make sure what happened in Sunriver doesn't happen again.
The OLCC is holding a series of public meetings across the state over the next six weeks, hoping for input on future rules. The commission will be in Bend February 19, at the Riverhouse.