Mike Tyson’s Ear-Shaped Edibles Show the Paternalism of Cannabis Regulators

Mike Tyson wants to market cannabis edibles shaped like ears with bite marks in them. Love him or hate him, you have to admit it’s clever. He’s apparently having a hard time getting his “Mike Bites” to market, due to regulators who apparently can’t take a joke or regulations that don’t seem to make any sense at all. While this is a pretty extreme example, it highlights the absurd lengths that some states will go to in order to tightly control products. Let’s unpack this a bit.

A few weeks ago, Mike Tyson’s proposed deal with a Canadian cannabis producer apparently got put on ice due to regulations in Quebec and Alberta that prohibit advertising relating to a specific person. More recently, Colorado regulators apparently said that Mike Tyson’s cannabis edibles cannot be sold in Colorado due to a law that prohibits products shaped like people.

This is probably going to keep happening to Mike, as many other states have regressive laws that prohibit products shaped like various things. For example, regulations in California (a state with a long history of over-the-top labeling requirements) prohibit ” Any cannabis product in the shape of, or imprinted with the shape, either realistic

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