About H.B. 14-1366
H.B. 14-1366 passed with a large, bi-partisan majority in both the House and the Senate during the 2014 legislative session, with a deadline for compliance set for January 1, 2016. Unfortunately, some in the marijuana industry are trying to weaken its effectiveness because they don’t want to incur the expense or go to the trouble of ‘marking’ or somehow distinguishing the products from regular food items. The fact is, this is the law, and the importance of this bill cannot be overstated. H.B. 14-1366 must be implemented responsibility with the full intent of the legislators. Key points to highlight to the Marijuana Enforcement Division (MED) are:
- People have the basic right to know what’s in their food – particularly when it contains a psychoactive drug like THC.
- Please support the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) in their recommendation of a pre-approval process for all marijuana edibles intended for commercial sale.
- All marijuana edibles should be marked. Exceptions would create confusion for consumers and law enforcement, allow favoritism in the industry, and drive the marijuana edible manufacturers to create more products in the unmarked categories.
- As we know, individual pills are marked directly on the product to indicate the active drug inside. Marijuana edibles, which contain the psychoactive drug THC, should be treated the same way.
- Marking the product will distinguish marijuana edibles from regular food items and therefore help prevent accidental ingestion for both children and adults who encounter marijuana edibles. Both ER visits and poison control center calls have increased with the legalization of marijuana.
- Marking the product will give parents and teachers a tool to teach children to stay away from products that have a distinguishing symbol, mark, shape, or color.
- Marking edibles will allow students, teachers, and parents to recognize when marijuana food items are brought into school or consumed at home.
- Marking edibles may help doctors know how to treat a victim of accidental ingestion if the marijuana edibles consumed can be identified.
- There is tremendous concern about edibles currently on the market that are particularly attractive to kids, like everyday store-bought candy that is purchased in bulk and infused with marijuana. Washington state already bans these and other edibles that are particularly attractive to kids.
Letter from legislators expressing intent of the bill