A national marijuana industry group has started the first food safety basics course in Colorado for makers and sellers of pot-infused edibles. There’s also a course for budtenders who work in the dispensaries.
According to the article in Yahoo, one of the biggest challenges for state regulators has been the market for marijuana-laced edibles like candies, cookies, drinks and chocolates, which could put people at risk of accidentally taking in too much.
A Colorado task force recently unveiled new rules to limit potency levels, along with the National Cannabis Industry Association launching its first Food Safety Basics course specifically for marijuana industry professionals. The course is based on a curriculum developed by the National Restaurant Association. During the class, people will learn about food borne illnesses, proper personal hygiene, how to prevent cross-contamination, sanitizing, and more.
Pot edibles make up about two-thirds of Colorado’s legal marijuana market and because of some so-called “isolated cases” of production issues and irresponsible use, there became a need for expanding training programs.
The NCIA also started a Responsible Selling Program for “budtenders” working in licensed stores, which focuses on topics like spotting fraudulent IDs and educating customers about responsible consumption and state law.
After the pilot program, the association plans to expand the training to other states.