The Denver Post Editorial Staff proclaimed “if a recognizable industry stamp or sprayed-on color doesn’t differentiate the items from non-marijuana products, then they shouldn’t be sold.” The news outlet stands behind the full implementation of H.B. 14-1366, a Smart-sponsored law passed earlier this year requiring all marijuana edibles be “clearly identifiable” once outside of their original packaging. Coloradans of all ages have a right to know when and if marijuana present in food and drink to protect kids and avoid accidental ingestion. Of the nearly 300 types of marijuana edibles available on the recreational market, many currently look just like their non-marijuana counterparts, making a distinction between them impossible until H.B. 14-1366 is fully implemented.
The Denver Post, Marijuana edibles must be distinguishable, November 22, 2014
By The Denver Post Editorial Board
After months of futile meetings, a state task force that was supposed to make recommendations regarding the appearance of edible marijuana products has failed. But this effort should by no means be over. Lawmakers need to step up and act when they convene in January.
The legislature must draft rules for marijuana edibles to make them easily identifiable when outside their packaging — a necessary step to protect people, especially children, from unintended exposure.
If a recognizable industry stamp or sprayed-on color doesn’t differentiate the items from non-marijuana products, then they shouldn’t be sold.
This goes not just for recreational pot, but for medical marijuana as well.
It is disappointing that a working group of regulators, law enforcement officials, parents and edible-pot manufacturers who had been meeting for months to devise recommendations couldn’t get the job done. But the panel’s gridlock isn’t surprising, considering its makeup.