Most high-level security systems involve multiple levels of clearance. Cannabis edibles should be no different, believes Garyn Angel.
The founder and CEO of the Florida-based MagicalButter.com – the countertop appliance that makes cannabis-infused butter, oil and tinctures – has released a line of silicone molds designed specifically to distinguish medicated products from candy for children.
The molds come in various shapes and sizes for the convenience of the commercial dispensary, food product manufacturer or home chef, but all feature an embossed ‘21UP.’
Released with a line of childproof safety bags and packaging, the molds are intended to “make it easy for those aged [21 and over] to ingest medical cannabis in the popular form of gummies, with their family and friends’ safety in mind.”
“We applied the same mentality of any high-level security system to 21UP, whereby we’re protecting the child through our bags, packaging, and then finally as a last line of defense, the marking on the edible itself,” Angel told Civilized.
“Edibles are one of the fastest growing segments in the cannabis industry. Knowing that, we need to be proactive because we don’t want accidental ingestion by minors.”
Along with preventing unwanted consumption, Angel hopes the molds will serve as a conversation starter between kids and their cannabis-consuming parents. The 21UP emblem was, in fact, specifically chosen for this purpose, said Angel.
“While it’s important that we have a universal standard to signify that something isn’t safe for children to consume, we also felt it was important not to use a big X or anything else that would imply harmful materials to adults; I think that would be sending a mixed message to children,” said Angel, adding that “we need to start being truthful with children.”
“The [21UP emblem] gives parents an opportunity to have honest discussions with their children. I hope it opens up that dialogue that... just because Mommy or Daddy do it doesn’t mean it’s good for you.”
Along with selling the molds to would-be edibles manufacturers on their website at a retail price of two for $10, MagicalButter.com is offering the use of their trademarked 21UP logo to any company making medicated products such as gummies, hard candies, lollipops, etc. at a three percent royalty and 10 percent net profit, plus production cost, ‘to encourage broad acceptance of this protective measure.”
“We want to be self-regulatory as an industry; I think that’s something we can all agree on,” said Angel. “These are the kinds of steps required to show the government that we’re being proactive and regulating the industry through responsible markings.”
Banner image: 21up.co