A bill passed this week by members of Missouri’s state Senate would ban candy products infused with marijuana from being sold for medicinal use.
The legislation “would ban candy, lollipops, cotton candy, and fruit- and animal-shaped edibles that could appeal to children,” according to the Associated Press, while requiring marijuana food products and packaging “to be stamped with the drugs’ dosage.”
The bill passed the state Senate by a 28-1 vote on Monday, and will now head to the state House.
Other states have passed similar measures banning marijuana edibles and candies as an effort to prevent the products from reaching children.
Sixty-six percent of Missouri voters approved a constitutional amendment in 2018 to legalize medical marijuana, bringing the state in line with more than 30 others that have laws permitting the treatment for qualifying patients.
That resounding success at the ballot has been reflected by the subsequent demand. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services released figures earlier this month showing that it had approved applications from more than 35,000 patients seeking a medical cannabis prescription — far higher than original projections.
In December, Missouri officials said they had approved nearly 22,000 medical marijuana cards since July, which,