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Edible Cannabis Products

State-Level Variation in the Regulation of Edible Cannabis Products (November 2017)

Even though the cultivation, manufacturing, distribution and sale of cannabis products remain illegal under federal law, 29 states have legalized medicinal cannabis and eight of those 29 states have additionally legalized recreational cannabis. In the absence of federal guidance, each of these states has had to create a regulatory framework that limits and enforces how cannabis products can be cultivated and distributed. One area of emerging cannabis policy is the regulation of cannabis-infused edible products, which require a different set of restrictions and requirements than cannabis-infused products that are inhaled or applied topically.  A second emergent area is how dispensary staff communicate the health and safety risks about edible cannabis products to consumers in retail settings.

This webinar was held in collaboration with the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA), the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), and RTI International.

Speakers Include             

Camille Gourdet, JD, MA,
RTI International, Center for Health Policy Science and Tobacco Research,
Research Public Health Analyst

Learn about how states regulate the ways in which edible cannabis products used for medicinal or recreational purposes are cultivated, labeled, packaged, distributed and sold, with respect to THC limits and homogeneity requirements, labeling and packaging requirements, and pesticide testing.   

Nicholas C. Peiper, PhD, MPH
RTI International, Behavioral and Urban Health Program
Behavioral Epidemiologist

Learn about findings from a recent online survey of cannabis dispensary staff, including data pertaining to risk disclosure and labeling practices for edible products.

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Wonderful World of Edibles...Are They Safe? (June 2017) 

Marijuana usage is growing in acceptability across the country, with changing regulations in many states, legalizing its use both recreationally and for medicinal purposes.   While these are exciting times for many, they raise questions about the safety of these products, and how should it be regulated and inspected.  Join NEHA for this informative webinar to explore the world of “Edibles.”   Edibles are produced for both medicinal and recreational use, and consumed in communities many local and state food safety agencies serve and protect. 

Speakers include:

Marc A. Nascarella, PhD
Chief Toxicologist, Massachusetts Department of Public Health
The variety of marijuana-containing products that are available for retail sale include dried plant material, resins, oils, and marijuana infused products.  In addition to product formulations that are intended to be heated and inhaled (i.e.., through smoking or vaporization), products are packaged in oral capsules, food products, rectal suppositories, dermal lotions, and under-the-tongue (sublingual) preparations.  Dr. Nascarella’s presentation will describe environmental public health considerations when evaluating these marijuana products for levels of cannabinoids as well as environmental contaminants such as heavy metals, pesticides, residual solvents, and microbial growth.

Marlene Gaither, REHS. MPA, MSEV
Environmental Health Program Manager, Coconino County Public Health Services District
Learn about a recent marijuana edibles recall, and challenges that the regulatory system experienced during this highly-charged food recall. 

Cindy Rice, RS, CP-FS, MSPH in Epidemiology
Food Safety Specialist, President of Eastern Food Safety
Learn about preventive controls and best practices that edible producers can put in place to minimize food safety risks and keep consumers safe, and also aid regulators tasked with enforcing regulations and food safety.

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