Marijuana Edibles Are Finally Ready for Consumption in Oregon

But they’re still a lot weaker than in Washington and Colorado.

June 24, 2016 Published in the Health Annual: Summer 2016 issue of Portland Monthly

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If you’ve wandered into a cannabis dispensary any time since last October, when the advent of recreational sales made those visits possible, you’ve marveled at a galaxy of goodies: salted caramel chews made with organic cannabis oil, small-batch GMO-free ice cream made with local milk, even marionberry coffee cake.

But before this summer, you were salivating in vain, because Oregon wouldn’t let prospective psychonauts buy those treats until the state figured out exactly how to regulate them. Unlike in Colorado and Washington, our comrades in state-level legalization, Oregon’s recreational marijuana law kicked edibles down the road.

“Flowers are pretty straightforward,” explains Mark Pettinger, a spokesman for the Oregon Liquor Control Commission’s Recreational Marijuana Program. “Edibles require a little more examination.”

Safety is an issue. Both Colorado and Washington saw a spike in emergency room cases due to accidental consumption of potent edibles by children or overconsumption by adult novices. Oregon requires edibles to be much weaker than those in the other states. Andi Bixel, CEO of Portland’s Drip Ice Cream, says her new line of treats will have no more than 10 to 15 milligrams of THC per container, making it more Bud Light than Jim Beam. While some in the industry complain that this is too low, Bixel, for one, is happy with the lower-potency requirements.

“Ice cream is one of those things you don’t want to be moderate with,” she says. “You want to eat the whole thing!”

3 Awesome Local Treats You Can Finally Enjoy

Sour Bhotz Gummies
Eight flavors of robot-shaped gummies including watermelon, grape, and mango. $12–15

Drip Ice Cream
Bixel’s frozen flavors include gooey chocolate brownie, honey with honeycomb candy, and “munchies” (vanilla malt with salted caramel swirl, chocolate flecks, and pretzel toffee). $7–12 per container

Laurie & MaryJane Nut Mix
Made by Oregon City residents Laurie Wolf and her daughter-in-law, Mary Wolf, these nuts won first place at the 2015 Dope Cup in the hotly contested “savory edibles” category. $18–20 

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