Smart Colorado Spokesperson Henny Lasley Comments on the State’s Upcoming Marijuana Rulemaking
On Friday the Marijuana Enforcement Division (MED) released draft rules ahead of upcoming permanent marijuana rulemaking. During this year’s rulemaking session, critically important issues will be determined, including how the state proposes to ensure marijuana edibles are clearly labeled, identified and marked, and how THC potency and equivalency will be addressed. Smart Colorado will be participating on several working groups and will be available to talk with members of the press throughout the process. The first working group will be held Wednesday, August 5th with additional meetings taking place through August 12th.. Public comments are being accepted until September 1, and a final public hearing will be held on August 31.
After an initial review of the draft rules, we at Smart Colorado commend MED for the tremendous amount of work they have done in proposing ways to better align testing, labeling, packaging, and other requirements that currently exist for medical and recreational marijuana sold on the commercialized market. This approach will provide more consistency and allow the department to address compliance and enforcement issues in a more comprehensive way, something that has been an ongoing challenge.
While specifics weren’t provided in the draft rules, we look forward to working with MED and other stakeholders on rules to ensure marijuana edibles are readily identifiable outside their packaging with a marking or symbol, as required by HB 14-1366, to protect against accidental ingestion by both children and adults. Children in particular remain at risk because many marijuana edibles mimic non-marijuana children’s treats and consuming them can be extremely dangerous. It is imperative this important legislative protection is finally fully implemented.