The first food safety course for manufacturers and retailers of marijuana-infused foods, or edibles, has launched. There is also an additional course offered for “budtenders”, the customer service staff who work behind the counters of dispensaries.
Figuring out exactly how to properly label and produce infused edibles has proven to be one of the most difficult aspects to regulate since marijuana became legal in Colorado. Producers want to ensure that uninformed consumers are not accidentally ingesting too much.
With the interest in marijuana-infused foods increasing daily, the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA), wants to make sure manufacturers and retailers are providing buyers with safe products. NCIA deputy director Taylor West says, “We know our industry is under a microscope, and we want to make sure cannabis product-makers continue developing the highest quality and safest products possible.”
Marijuana edibles have proved to be the most profitable aspect of the new recreational marijuana industry in Colorado, accounting for roughly two-thirds of the entire market.