Please join Smart Colorado at the Marijuana Enforcement Division (MED) rule-making meeting in Denver concerning the implementation of H.B. 14-1366, which requires that all marijuana products be clearly identifiable from their normal, non-infused counterparts.
WHAT: Rule-making Meeting on H.B. 14-1366
OCTOBER: Monday October 20, 2014
NOVEMBER: Mid-November, more information coming soon
HOW YOU CAN HELP
If you believe food products containing marijuana should be clearly marked or somehow identified (via color, shape, stamp, etc.) outside of the packaging so not be confused with everyday food products, and you believe people have the right to know if marijuana has been added to familiar food items, take action!
- Please join us at this public meeting October 20th and consider making a 2-minute statement at public comment time, starting at approximately 4:00 p.m. It can be simple and your own words.
- Contact the governor’s office via email to show your support of marijuana regulation like H.B. 14-1266.
- Even if you cannot attend, you can send an email to email@example.com at the Marijuana Enforcement Department (MED).
- The subject line should say: HB 1366 Public Comment
- The comments should be addressed as follows: Dear HB 1366 Stakeholders…
It’s important for MED to hear the views of the public on this issue, as it is in the process of creating the regulations to implement this law. The marijuana industry has already tried gutting this law and minimizing its impact. Don’t let this happen: all marijuana foods must be identifiable!
Diane Carlson, founding member of Smart Colorado, shared her personal testimony at the last meeting on September 11, 2014:
In past meetings, and during today’s meeting its been argued that certain products should be exempt from being “clearly identified” as containing marijuana once their products are out of their original packaging. The marijuana industry claims it is “impracticable” to do so, specifying that it may be too difficult, too expensive, or that sales or profits will suffer.
This is unfortunate, as it seems other food, beverage and candy manufacturers have no problems coloring, shaping or marking their products. Why should the marijuana industry be permitted to claim they are incapable of doing so? And why should the state allow for such exemptions?
There shouldn’t be a marijuana infused product that can’t meet this basic criteria. If there is, the state must get creative and find ways to shape, mark or color it; in a way that makes sense and is easy for all Coloradans to quickly, easily and consistently identify it contains pot.
Doing so, is not just in the public’s best interest, but in the best interest of the marijuana industry so they too can ensure their products aren’t being consumed in such a deceptive way. After all, voters were promised that marijuana would be strictly regulated, enforced and kept out of the hands of kids. How can the state even begin to attempt to achieve such goals when no one knows what has pot in it, and who is consuming it?
As we’ve learned today, marijuana is being sprayed, injected, and infused into almost anything imaginable — candies, cookies, sodas, salad dressing, pasta sauce, ramen noodles, and more — and yet our children and teenagers as well as parents, school officials, and community members have no way of knowing which products contain pot and which don’t. They have no way of knowing what we Coloradans are putting into our bodies when it comes to consuming marijuana.
What kind of a state are we? Or, do we want to be? When our own children and everyday Coloradans are told by their state government that we don’t deserve and can’t expect full disclosure, particularly when it involves products that can be presented in a highly deception way and where accidentally consuming them can be extremely dangerous even life threatening.
The purpose of H.B. 14-1366 was to begin to address the tremendous dangers, fears, and uncertainties these products are causing Colorado citizens, as well as to minimize dangers from accidental ingestion (particularly among children) that is occurring with increasing frequency. This law will finally give our children, teenagers, and adults the information they need to protect themselves and their loved ones when it comes to accidental marijuana consumption. The bill passed with overwhelming support with many legislators on both sides of the aisle declaring it an important, basic right and protection for all Coloradans.
After participating in the policy making process since March of 2013, Smart Colorado has seen firsthand how incredibly powerful the pressures and financial forces can be. We are sympathetic to the challenges the state regulatory agency face.
But the Governor and the leadership team at the Department of Revenue need to hear the voices of everyday Coloradans. The public is begging for much needed leadership and courage, for the basic right of full disclosure when it comes to ensuring that every single marijuana infused product permitted to be sold on Colorado’s recreational regulated market can absolutely and “practicably” be identified and distinguished from non-marijuana products. We believe the Department of Revenue can accomplish this and meet its important criteria standards as well.
Thank you to all members of the work group for your time and service.