Sales of marijuana-infused food and beverages since Jan. 1 have exceeded most industry projections. Many retail shops sold out of their edibles inventory on the first day of legal sales or soon after, and manufacturers since have been trying to ramp up production.
Colorado’s largest maker of infused products, Dixie Elixirs, recently moved to a new industrial building in Montbello with four times as much space as its former facility in Stapleton.
Another major firm, Medically Correct, is in the process of moving from a cramped 1,200-square-foot kitchen in the Platte Valley to a nearby building with 8,000 square feet — including production facilities for its Incredibles-branded chocolate bars as well as space, for the first time, to grow its own marijuana.
“We’re bursting at the seams,” said Medically Correct co-owner Bob Eschino. “Now we think we’ve already outgrown this (new space) before we’ve even started. There are other products we want to do but can’t come out with because we can’t even keep up with demand for chocolate.”
If surging consumer demand weren’t enough of a challenge, edibles companies are faced with retooling their production equipment and packaging to conform with new state regulations that take effect Nov. 1.
The draft rules require infused products to be sold in individual servings containing no more than 10 milligrams of THC — the psychoactive agent in cannabis — or in higher-dosage packages easily dividable into 10 milligram servings.
In another change, manufacturers must put single-serving edibles in child-resistant packaging before shipping them to stores, instead of relying on retailers to provide the packaging when purchases are made.
Manufacturers say compliance with the regulations could slow production and once again create a supply-demand imbalance, just as they were getting inventories back to normal levels.
The Colorado Department of Revenue tracks overall cannabis sales but does not break them down between edibles and smoke-able products.
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