- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 12, 2018

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin will soon consider food safety rules on marijuana edibles, which advocates say should help bring clarity to the cannabis-infused food market.

The Oklahoma Board of Health voted Tuesday to send the rules to Fallin for approval, The Oklahoman reported .

The rules follow similar guidelines for foods that don’t have THC, but do include additional labeling and testing requirements, said Buffy Heater, the project manager for the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority. THC is the compound in marijuana that causes a high.

Processers will be required to include the amount of THC on the label of all edible products, as well as the number to Poison Control in case of accidental ingestion.

Processors must also conduct quarterly tests on products for contaminants, such as bacteria, mold, metals and chemical residues. Products that fail testing would then be recalled.

Chip Paul, the founder of pro-marijuana group Oklahomans for Health, said some processors are already producing edibles, but were operating in uncertainty because the rules hadn’t been finalized. Paul said he believes the rules are “very responsible.”

The state Health Department worked with the attorney general’s office to verify that the rules didn’t exceed the department’s authority after facing backlash this summer over another set of marijuana guidelines, said Kim Bailey, chief legal counsel and chief operating officer at the department.

The state Board of Health initially adopted strict rules July 10 after voters approved medical marijuana in June. The board revised the rules Aug. 1 following an attorney general’s opinion saying the board overstepped its authority .

An effort to get recreational marijuana on the November ballot fell short .


Information from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok.com

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