Officials in the public health department of Oregon have updated the draft rules for medical marijuana dispensaries’ ability to sell edible cannabis products legally. Starting on the first of October, the current limit of 15 milligrams of THC per recreational package will be raised to 50 milligrams, and the limit for medical marijuana products will be lowered to 100 milligrams.
Man advocates of cannabis regulation feel like these limits are still too conservative for experienced cannabis users. The state of Oregon, however, does have a useful precedent for wanting to keep the per-package limit small: veteran consumers can always increase their dose if they desire, but newcomers can’t reduce a dose they’ve already consumed.
Followers of marijuana decriminalization will surely remember the much-publicized “experiment” taken by New York Times’ columnist Maureen Dowd, who decided to test the effects of edible cannabis products in Denver shortly after Colorado passed its decriminalization laws. After having taken a few bites and reportedly feeling nothing at all, she increased her dose and went on to document the paranoid anxiety trip that ensued. She later found out that the product in question was designed for 16 separate doses—not one.
This is an experience that most novices go through when testing the waters with cannabis, and nothing to be worried about in the long-run. Thankfully however, most newcomers to recreational marijuana aren’t compelled to broadcast their experiences through an internationally syndicated newspaper. Writers and journalists have laughed at her for years, turning her into a parody of everyone’s favorite step-aunt who wants desperately to remain in the cool kids club, but she brought up a decent point for the burgeoning recreational cannabis industry; if she didn’t know the difference between one serving and 16, how is anyone else supposed to?
How the New Daily Limits Work in Practice
By limiting the THC content of a single edible recreational cannabis product to 50 milligrams and stipulating that a single customer can purchase a single product per day, Oregon is trying to gradually accommodate
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