SEATTLE -- With just weeks left before the opening of recreational marijuana stores, state officials announced Tuesday that they're toughening up on edibles.
“As a grandparent, I can tell you that I want my state government making sure our kids have the health information they should have,” Governor Jay Inslee said.
In a news conference, Inslee and others talked about the dangers of edibles for children as they stood beside pictures of candy labeled "Stoners" and "Baby Jane.”
“I’m really concerned that we’re going to see more kids using marijuana even though it’s still illegal for them to use it," explained State Health Officer Dr. Kathy Lofy.
Officials with the Liquor Control Board announced they plan to vote on new edible regulations Wednesday. The policies will require producers to obtain approval for their packaging, which can't include toys, cartoons or images that are enticing for children.
The products themselves cannot look like popular children's candy either. "Gummy Bears,” they said, won't be allowed.
“We don’t want the industry to get a bad name,” Mike Redman said. “Early on that was our decision. We’re not going to sell those things that are going to be enticing to children.”
Redman plans to open "Green Lady" in August. Since posting his job openings online, he's received calls from more than 100 applicants like Niko Serrano.
Serrano is happy to have the chance to work in the recreational industry and welcomes tough rules to protect kids.
“My own kids, they’ll grab my medicine, ‘Oh I just got home, that’s my medicine. I have to put it up,’” Serrano said.
The LCB plans to issue 20 retail licenses on July 7. The stores could open as early as July 8.