The FDA approves medication in candy form containing amphetamines, but rejects cannabis-infused edibles in the same breath.
In legal states, cannabis-infused edibles have been blamed for appealing to children and destroying a young, impressionable generation. Since stimulants, opiates and other dangerous drugs are approved freely for children in edible form, shouldn’t cannabis as well? The way the FDA handles edibles represents everything that’s wrong with the pharmaceutical industry — an industry that generally ignores medical cannabis.
Children as young as six can now be approved for a new edible amphetamine-based ADHD medication in candy form called Adzenys. Adzenys is an orange-flavored dissolvable drug-infused candy that is the bioequivalent to Adderall. Since Adderall is nearly identical to meth, it’s led a growing group of psychiatrists to question the ethics behind Adenzys. The problem is, FDA is already aware of the extreme potential for abuse with Adderall and similar drugs. The National Institute of Health estimated that as many as 34% of college students end up using ADHD medication illegally.
Neos Therapeutics, the makers of Adzenys, specifically target children. “The Adzenys commercial launch in the U.S. is on track to begin in the second quarter of 2016, which will enable us to make the product available before the back-to-school season,” said CEO Vipin Garg in a company conference call.
All the hallmark signs of a drug addict are present in Adderall abusers — days without sleep, lying. Once your kid is hooked on Adderall or Adzenys, the lucrative Adderall Addiction industry benefits again on the rebound with expensive treatments. “You don’t have to live with Adderall Addiction,” they say.
Meanwhile, states like Colorado and Oregon play hardball when it comes to cannabis-infused edibles. Colorado lawmakers Representative Joann Ginal, D-Fort Collins and Representative Dan Pabon, D-Denver introduced a bill which would ban cannabis-infused edibles in the shape of fruit or animals- the “gummy bear” bill. Any commercial edible producer must already go through a rigorous testing process or face recalls. Strict regulations, however, will hardly will put an end to Colorado’s edible industry. In Colorado’s first annual report, Colorado’s Marijuana Enforcement Division reports that nearly 5 million edibles were sold in 2014. Anti-cannabis advocates are going to have a tough time convincing the industry to slow down. The vast majority of local jurisdictions in Colorado actually ban cannabis and cannabis edibles.
June 2, 2016, edibles went on sale for all adults over the age of 21 in the state of Oregon. Even in a legal state, customers are limited to a single dose of 15 mg of THC. Oregon issued temporary rules for recreational stores. Medical cannabis collectives, alternatively, are allowed to sell more. The difference is, you will never hear about a pharmacy that sells Adderall or Adzenys, or any other amphetamine getting raided by law enforcement. You wouldn’t want your childen getting into you medical cannabis- but at least you’d have the comfort of knowing your child is going to fatally overdose. No one, in the history of mankind, has ever overdosed from ingesting only cannabis. You definitely don’t want your children getting into a bottle of candy-flavored Adderall/meth. It’s time to federal government to approve cannabis-infused edibles.
By Benjamin Adams