Smart Colorado Applauds the Leadership of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment on Marijuana Edibles

DENVER (October 20, 2014) – Today, Jeff Lawrence of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) announced his recommendation to ban marijuana edibles with the exception of lozenges and tinctures.

Diane Carlson, a founding member of Smart Colorado, offered a statement on this news:

“The concerns raised by CDPHE are legitimate and are critical issues that must be addressed in order to protect the health, well-being, and future of our youth as marijuana becomes increasingly available and commercialized within the state.  Marijuana edibles in the form of familiar food and candy are inherently appealing to kids and therefore a dangerous form of marketing.
We applaud the CDPHE’s initiative and trust that the suggestions of our state’s public health experts will be seriously considered and pursued.”

Smart Colorado and concerned Coloradans will be present this afternoon at the Marijuana Enforcement Division rule-making meeting to review suggestions from the CDPHE and others regarding the implementation of H.B. 14-1366, which requires that all marijuana products be clearly identifiable from their normal, non-infused counterparts. To learn more about the public meeting, click here.

About Smart Colorado

Smart Colorado is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to protecting the health, safety, and wellbeing of Colorado youth as marijuana becomes increasingly available and commercialized. Smart Colorado is a project of the Colorado Nonprofit Development Center. To learn more about Smart Colorado or to donate to our mission, please visit our website at smartcolorado.org.

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