Brownie bites and espresso chocolate, with a kick
Cannabis regulators release online product catalog
IF YOU SEE a red raspberry hard lozenge in distinctive red and yellow packaging, it was likely sold at a NETA marijuana store and is infused with 50 mg of THC. A blueberry lemonade gummy, sold 10 at a time and featuring a distinctive cannabis leaf symbol, came legally from Patriot Care.
A new online product catalog launched by the Cannabis Control Commission provides a window into the innovative industry of adult use cannabis. Stores in Massachusetts today are selling infused espresso dark chocolate bars, watermelon chews, hazelnut truffles, mints, oatmeal cookies, and carrot cake cookies. There is a strawberry crunch bar made of cannabis, white chocolate, strawberries, and crispies. There are infused peanut butter cups and guava-flavored soft chews.
But unlike sites like Leafly and Weedmaps, meant to help hungry consumers order products, the state regulators’ site has another mission: improving public safety. It is the first marijuana product catalog of its kind in the country run by a regulatory agency, according to the commission.
“When using the Product Catalog, any visitor, such as a parent, school nurse, or public safety official, will be able to quickly distinguish whether a marijuana product is available in our legal marketplace or not,” commission executive director Shawn Collins said in a statement.
The catalog could also be used to quickly determine what is in a product, if someone is having a bad reaction to it. The listing includes the product name, a photo of the product and its packaging, a description, its THC and CBD content, all its ingredients, the serving size, and the company selling it.The site could also help the Cannabis Control Commission – and the public – keep close track of what licensees are selling to make sure they are following the rules. Stores are not allowed to sell products designed to appeal to children, like edibles in the shape of a human, animal, fruit, cartoon, or sporting equipment.
Marijuana companies are required to upload the data. As of Monday, when the commission announced the catalog’s release, there were 122,000 items on the site.