We’ve all tasted our fair share of icky cough syrup as kids, so we know that in the vast majority of cases, medicine doesn’t taste good.

But there is an interesting debate going on about this very subject in the cannabis world, outlines Peter Grinspoon, a Boston doctor and Harvard teacher, in a post for Harvard Medical School.

“I was surprised recently to be accused of ‘reefer madness’ when I suggested, on Twitter, that cannabis shouldn’t be formulated into gummy bears or other succulent treats that a young child or a pet could gleefully over-consume,” Grinspoon wrote.

The debate rises due to the twofold use cases for cannabis — in a medicinal capacity and as a recreational drug.

Grinspoon says arguments of personal freedom and responsibility clash with concerns for public health, and that there is little consensus amongst advocates on the validity or implications of the data.

He argues that if cannabis edibles are to be used for medicinal purposes, then they should be regulated.

“I believe there are a few sensible regulations that would reduce the problems caused by cannabis edibles: make them look and taste like medicine, in pill form, in pill bottles, with specific labelling that specifies exact dosages and with childproof packaging,” he says.

“This could go a long way toward helping us protect our pets and our kids, as well as those who find a benefit from cannabis and those around them.

 

“Sensible regulation of edibles may move us toward finding a larger patch of common ground on which to construct future cannabis policies.”