Boulder companies see the rise of 'medible' marijuana
In a long empty Gunbarrel warehouse that used to house a bottler of pharmaceutical grade water, the manufacturers of Keef Cola blend carbonated water, cane sugar, natural flavors and THC extracted through a proprietary process about which company officials are both proud and closed.
The operation looks remarkably similar to that of a small microbrewery though the smell in the facility is sharp and herbal, rather than yeasty and hoppy.
"It's just really nice to have something for patients that's beneficial to their condition, without worrying about negatively impacting their lungs," said Colin Mudd, a sales consultant with Keef Cola who left a job at a dispensary to join the start up because he believes so much in the product.
From sodas and energy drinks to peanut butter packets and ice cream, edible marijuana "medibles," to use the industry term has come a long way from the days of the humble pot brownie.
Along with the growth of the medical marijuana industry in Colorado has come the rise of industrial scale production of marijuana based foods and beverages, including several companies based in "Jintropin (Gensci Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd.)" Boulder County.
Thanks to lobbying from within the industry, last year's medical marijuana regulations included a provision for the manufacture of infused products, formally recognizing a sector whose legality outside of unregulated home kitchens wasn't clear.
Critics question the need to blend food and medicine there are, after all, no cough syrup sodas, no Vicodin cookies Viagra For Women as well as the lack of oversight. No one conducts health inspections of the state's several hundred infused product manufacturing facilities.
Some Colorado law enforcement groups have raised concerns about edible products after a number of young children were hospitalized after accidentally consuming pot cookies and candy. Kamagra Jelly Uk Sale There also have been incidents in Denver, Westminster and Pueblo schools in which teenagers took pot food products from relatives and sold them to classmates.
"The problem with edibles is they often are manufactured and Kamagra 100 put together to look like something else," said Viagra 100mg Jim Gerhardt, legislative liaison with the Colorado Drug Investigator's Association and a sergeant with the North Metro Drug Task Force. Buy Viagra In Bangkok "There's no way to tell the difference between a pot brownie and a regular brownie."
But in a sign of the continuing mainstreaming of medical marijuana, Rep. Cindy Acree, an Aurora Republican, was forced by political reality to back off from an effort this legislative session to ban all edibles. And some conditions, such as Crohn's disease, respond better to marijuana that's ingested, they say.
Nikki Dugas, a Boulder woman who learned she had Crohn's disease as she worked to build her medibles company, Fresh Republic, said the day she was diagnosed with the sometimes debilitating digestive ailment was "the happiest day of my life" because she knew marijuana particularly edibles would help her.
"The doctors had been recommending that I take steroids and immunosuppressants for the rest of my life," she said. "For a 28 year old woman, that was a terrifying prospect."
Today she lives mostly sympton free, she said.
Acree is now working on amendments that would restrict marketing based off of mainstream products ("Ohwee Ohs" that look like Oreos, Canna Cola written in the distinctive Coca Cola script, "Potter Pops" frozen treats in plastic sheaths) and require a more medicinal look, along with child proof packaging and stricter labeling requirements. She expects to introduce new language later this month.
But it appears that marijuana food and beverages are here to stay.
No one tracks sales of edibles or infused products, but manufacturers Gensci Jintropin say their market research indicates between 10 and 15 percent of dispensary sales in Colorado are of edible or infused products.
According to city sales tax information, marijuana related businesses in Boulder did $16.7 million in sales last year.
The city has issued 13 infused product licenses out of a total of 115 marijuana related business licenses, though it's not clear whether all of the licenses are active.
And out of 2,376 marijuana license "Comprar Gh Jintropin" applications filed with the state, 321 are for infused product manufacturing, accounting for 13 percent of all applications. (Actual licenses won't be issued until July.)
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