Cannabis lovers will love Oregon’s marijuana-infused edibles; 426 approved dispensaries can now legally sell the products

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Employees at Shango Cannabis shop sell legal recreational marijuana beginning at midnight in Portland, Oregon October 1, 2015. Reuters/Steve Dipaola

Oregon cannabis lovers welcomed the new cannabis laws where the state legalised sale of marijuana-infused edibles by 426 approved dispensaries. Businesses are gearing up to make profits as previously prohibited marijuana candies, cakes and drinks will become a legal alternative to smoking marijuana. The products can be purchased by anyone who is 21 years or above. Dispensaries waited for a long time for this day. Governor Brown declared edibles would go on sale starting June 2.

Employees at Oregon's Finest dispensary in Northeast Portland raced against time to open inventory boxes to feed into their computers so that they could make the products available for sale without hassle. Edible cannabis products take about an hour to make a consumer feel their effects.

According to KGW.com, it is virtually impossible to die from a cannabis overdose. However, taking too much of the edibles may prove to be uncomfortable and scary. The effect of eating cannabis products can last up to 10 hours and the effect is generally stronger than smoking.

In order to control the intake by consumers, Oregon's temporary rules for edibles will allow customers to procure only 15 milligrams of edible THC per day, which is about one dose. Washington and Colorado allow customers to buy multiple doses a day.

The types of cannabis products are endless. Some of the popular products include artisan cake bites, cold brew coffee, cannabis-infused root beer, gummy candies and chocolate truffles. Organic honey sticks with cannabis and flavoured drinks are also popular.

However, authorities are worried about cannabis products finding their way into children’s hands. The effect of marijuana on children can be life-threatening. Oregon health authority has made it mandatory for cannabis product sellers to sell cannabis sealed in child-resistant safety packaging, reports The Guardian.

“Those children have become comatose, have abnormal movements, we've even had those children put on mechanical ventilators and go to an ICU. If a child is exposed to any cannabis product, we want you to call. The answer may be it's just fine, but the answer may be that the dose is very, very high,” Dr. Hendrickson, who runs the Oregon Poison Centre at Oregon Health and Science University, said.

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