By Melissa Hall, M. Ed. | Oklahoma Chronic Magazine | July 23, 2020
The Glazee, a THC infused Slushee drink, that is served frozen, has been a popular Product this Summer on the Oklahoma Cannabis Market. Recently, the cool cannabis treat has come under fire as The Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority has voiced concerns about the packaging and the validity of the testing results. The Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority in conjunction with The Oklahoma Health Department appears to be enforcing the warning they put out earlier this month telling an Oklahoma City Dispensary they cannot even have a slushie machine in their dispensary. “We cannot have a slushie machine in the dispensary, and it has to be removed by tomorrow, Tom Spanier, Owner of Tegridy Market on North May Avenue in Oklahoma City, told The Chronic. It is unclear if the machines will be removed from every dispensary that carries the brand Glazee, but dispensing the popular frozen drink appears to not be in compliance with the Oklahoma Health Department and the OMMA. Glazee was unavailable for comment, but stated this on their Instagram account,
“We would like to thank everyone for their support. We work very hard to meet OMMA guidelines for compliance stated on the OMMA website. We are aware of the statements hosted by the state. And our attorneys are working with the state to resolve their concerns. We currently meet all the State’s packaging, testing, childproof, and production guidelines. We will continue to post updates as we receive new information.” Glazee stated.
The Medical Marijuana Authority was not available to comment but issued this guidance on its website this month:
The OMMA has received multiple inquiries regarding the processing and dispensing of marijuana-infused slushies on-site at medical marijuana dispensaries. It is the OMMA’s position that marijuana-infused slushies are unlikely to meet requirements set forth in Oklahoma statutes and rules, including, but not limited to:
1. All products must be in child-resistant packages. Generally, this means the package must be difficult for a 5-year-old to open; opaque; and, if intended for multiple uses (for example, containing multiple servings), capable of being resealed while remaining child-resistant. [See 63 O.S. 427.2 and OAC 310:681-1-4]
2. The medical marijuana production batch that must be tested is the finished product. In this instance, the finished product is the slushy mixture to be dispensed to patients/caregivers, not the syrup. If water, ice, or any other substance is added to the product, additional testing is required to ensure the product is safe for consumption and final-product labeling is accurate. [See OAC 310:681-1-4 and OAC 310:681, Subchapters 7 and 8]
3. Dispensaries are not allowed to alter, package, or label products. In addition, dispensaries must refuse to accept or return any medical marijuana products that have not been properly tested, packaged, and labeled by a licensed processor. [See OAC 310:681-1-4 and OAC 310:681-7-1(b)]
Additionally, slushies are considered food products and must be compliant with the Oklahoma State Department of Health food regulations. For more information, please visit the OSDH Consumer Health Service Food website.