KRDO reported over the weekend about a new bill, House Bill 11-1250, that is threatening the medical marijuana business in Colorado. Specifically, the bill would turn edibles – marijuana-infused cookies, brownies, candies and drinks – into contraband.
According to Representative Bob Gardener, of House District 21, “Law enforcement tells us marijuana lollipops, marijuana candy, marijuana brownies are making appearances in school yards across the state.” Gardner also said that the bill, which is set for a hearing by the House Judiciary Committee on March 1st, was sponsored by Representative Cindy Acree.
Opponents of the bill don’t believe it will do anything to curb marijuana abuse. Instead, they say, it will just force thousands of patients to have to smoke or otherwise inhale their medicinal cannabis.
Renze Waddington, a medical marijuana dispensary owners, said that about 15-20% of his business comes from edibles. “Smoking isn’t the healthiest way to consume medical marijuana,” he said. Waddington also told reporters from KRDO that he didn’t think the bill would succeed. “I think the bill’s going to get shot down, no chance at passing.”