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Rules being finalized for pot edibles

BEND — Oregon officials say candies, cookies and beverages infused with the active ingredients in marijuana won't be available for recreational consumers for another month or two.

It became legal last week for recreational buyers age 21 or older to purchase low-dose edibles at medical marijuana dispensaries, reported The Bulletin. First, however, the state must create rules for those sales, such as defining a "low dose," said Oregon Medical Marijuana Program Manager Andre Ourso. He said the Oregon Health Authority has already started drafting the regulations.

"We don't have a specific date in mind; we're preparing to do it as quickly as we can," Ourso said. "That may be a month or two months."

Edible products like candies, lozenges or cookies are already available to medical marijuana cardholders in varying dosages.

Summer Latchford is the company director at DiamondTree, which operates two dispensaries in Bend and one in Madras. She says her company will probably offer edibles to recreational users in 5 milligram and 3 milligram doses.

She said the edible products can't be presented in a way that makes them attractive to children or made by infusing an existing product with cannabinoids, ruling out gummy bears, for instance.

High Grade Organics dispensary owner Nick Harsell sells cannabinoid-infused chocolates, cold-brew coffee and ginger ale, among other items. He said he may have to tweak his offerings to suit the wishes of new customers.

"Processors will have to repackage or make new batches for the recreational market," said Harsell. For his part, Harsell says he's "holding off taking in edibles until I see that definition" of what constitutes a low dose.