Colorado: NOT Banning Edibles, After All

Yesterday in Colorado, fans of edible marijuana were handed a victory, of sorts, when a state lawmaker withdrew her proposal to ban such products, replacing it with an option to follow child-proof packaging guidelines. After the bill was changed, the House Judiciary Committee approved it in a 7-3 vote.

Earlier this month, many dozens of pro-marijuana activists testified against the proposed ban on pot-infused consumables. The bill’s sponsor said her intent was to prevent marijuana-laced candy and other sweets from being “improperly” eaten by children, but patients – and some doctors – pointed out that it’s actually safer to eat marijuana than it is to smoke it.

The bill’s sponsor, state Representative Cindy Acree, said after the vote that she never meant to limit patients’ access to edible cannabis. The new version of the bill, which must pass another committee hearing before going before the full House, merely allows tamper-proof packages.

Acree, a Republican from Aurora, said, her “…biggest concern in all this is the safety of children.”

Regulations on the safe production of marijuana edibles – including labeling requirements – have already been proposed by the Colorado Department of Revenue, and although Acree’s bill was watered down considerably, some members of the Judiciary Committee are uncertain as to whether packaging for edible marijuana products needs to be addressed in the law at all.

Democratic Representative Sue Ryden, also of Aurora, voted against Acree’s bill. She told the press, “We’re getting so far down in the weeds in the specifics that I could see use coming back next year and the next year and the next.”

Some of the pro-pot contingent who attended the vote also said the revised version of the bill should have been rejected. One of them, Laura Kriho, the outreach coordinator for the Cannabis Therapy Institute, pointed out that state regulators have been moving toward label requirements already.

“It’s unnecessary,” she said, speaking about the amended bill.

The state’s largest pro-marijuana lobby, the Medical Marijuana Industry Group, applauded the changes in the bill, specifically paying attention to edibles not being banned, after all.

In a statement, Stacey Vilos-Fauth, owner of Gaia’s Garden Group, an edible marijuana producer, said, “Banning edibles would hurt our patients’ ability to access their medicine, so this compromise is a much-needed step towards protecting that access.”

The revised form of the bill didn’t just remove the ban on edibles. It also removed limits on marijuana advertising, and removed a specific reference to “food and drink,” in order to prevent any food safety requirement issues.

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8 Responses to Colorado: NOT Banning Edibles, After All

  1. Ha-Y-N Boi In CO says:

    had me worried there for a bit lol…i heard about that one yesterday, i was kinda sad…edibles are great! they help with the munchies and gets me hella medicated lol. i hope they dont try to ban concentrates next

  2. lindzzz says:

    I think that child-proof edible packaging is a good idea not only for Colorado, but for all states that allow the use of medical cannabis. It is refreshing to hear a story about a politician who was open to changing their views or proposed laws in order to work with patients and their needs. The only thing that concerns me is what type of child-proof packaging they want to use, because the kind that is used now can easily be opened by grade-school children. Anyone who has basic comprehension skills can see that the arrows on the top of child-proof bottles tell you to press down and turn simultaneously.

  3. Excellent story with a great outcome. The patients in Colorado should be thankful because that was definitely a close call. Banning edibles would be a huge set back for patients and force many people to change the way they medicate. The safety of the kids is very important. I hope that more emphasis is placed on the parents and holding patients responsible. It would have been terrible if the industry and all the patients in
    Colorado had to suffer due to the carelessness of a few….but all is well.

  4. Aaron says:

    I really don’t understand how this could even be an option. I mainly get medicated through edible form because it is what helps my joint pain. I find that smoking marijuana doesn’t do the same for me as ingesting a brownie, or even drinking a soda infused with tincture. I can see that they want to stop children from eating the product, but if children are getting their hands on the medicine then the problem isn’t the fact that edibles exist but the problem lies within the medicine leaving the patients control and people eating things that they don’t have a clue where it came from. Do they want a big ” DON’T EAT RANDOM THINGS” sticker on the package? Seems like the message to me.

  5. Marijuanamama says:

    Child safety is my first and foremost concern. But the type of child proof container they decide on needs to be given extreme thought. Right now I know plenty of people who have to have their child open the so called child proof bottles that hold their prescriptions. So a lot of thought needs to be given. But don’t take away the edibles that some people need, the non smokers rely on this form to get what they must have for any time of quality of life. I am glad that at least some legislators are using their intelligence to see that this is a real issue for everyone. the patients that need it are a priority.

  6. Bud Selektor says:

    Excellent. Cindy Acree’s Bill was nonsense. People need to take accountability for their actions. It’s good to see some common sense. Edibles are so important to so many people. Limiting or outlawing them would be a crime.

  7. Medicator says:

    It’s good that Colorado did not wind up banning edibles in their state. There are a lot of patients who cannot or don’t want to smoke. It wouldn’t be fair for them to be neglected or not have legal access to medicated edibles. It may be good to have some type of child proofing on packaged items , after all we have it on numerous products already from medications to lighters.

  8. Chief says:

    It’s good that they decided to take other measures instead of banning them outright. That scare with the kids who ate the edible cookie is a prime example of why making them child proof will ensure that things like that don’t happen again. Plus, it will give patients over there more options instead of just smoking all the time.