By Robin Strongin, Senior Director of Health Policy
Cannabis Consumer Watch recently hosted a briefing on Capitol Hill to educate policymakers and staff on the public health risks that exist in the current cannabis marketplace, and to offer policy solutions that would help protect consumer safety and encourage innovation for patients. The briefing was moderated by the Collaborative for Cannabinoid Science and Safety’s Libby Baney, and the panel of experts included:
Robin Stronger, Senior Director of Health Policy, National Consumers League, who explained NCL’s biggest concerns about the current cannabis marketplace. She pointed out, “Out of over 140 CD products studied by the FDA, more than half were mislabeled and nearly 40 of those products had more than 120% of the CBD level listed. Several had pesticides and even toxic mold – we just don’t know what consumers are buying. And consumers aren’t aware of the risks.”
Dale Sutherland, President & Founder, CODE 3, who shared that during his time with DC Metropolitan Police Department, they saw, “how bad distribution efforts can be – product manufacturing and transportation conditions that aren’t heavily regulated present several unique health risks.”
Sue Thau, Public Policy Consultant, CADCA highlighted the negative effects cannabis products have on children in particular, explaining, “Poison control calls related to cannabis digestion are increasing each year – and that’s just the data that we do have – there isn’t an efficient way to track all the issues parents and families face.” She provided examples of THC products that use packaging similar to popular children’s snacks or are in packaging that appeals to kids.
From consumer health to law enforcement, to concerns around youth consumption, the unique backgrounds of the panel made for a robust conversation that included multiple perspectives on the cannabis issue. To learn more about the concerns highlighted during the discussion, visit our Cannabis 101 page here.