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DENVER -- Two bills signed into law Monday aim to protect Colorado children from recreational marijuana.

"Keeping marijuana out of the hands of kids should be a priority for all of us," said Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, before signing the bills into law. "Every neuroscientist I've talked to has talked about the possibility this could have long-term effects on a child's brain."

One proposal seeks to reduce the number of accidental ingestions of edible marijuana by young children who, for instance, confuse pot brownies for candy; and it also looks to limit the ability of older children to purchase recreational marijuana using a fake ID.

House Bill 1122, which requires all edible marijuana to be sold in opaque, child-proof packaging and also empowers pot retailers to confiscate suspected fake IDs like liquor store owners can, passed both the House and Senate unanimously.

"We had the marijuana industry, we had the medical profession, we had law enforcement, we had Republicans, we had Democrats all come together to say 'how can we fix these problems?'" said Rep. Daniel Kagan, D-Denver, the bill's House sponsor.

The proposal also specifies that marijuana that is grown in a home with people under 21 must be enclosed and locked.

"We have seen increased visits to the ER and urgent care clinics because kids are accidentally ingesting marijuana," said Sen. Linda Newell, D-Littleton, the senate sponsor.

"This new law goes a long way to ensuring that we’re taking steps to keep kids safe."

The new laws take effect immediately.


  • quickdraw53

    they need something at schools to stop pot from entering the schools and have a constant watch on dealers around the schools too. all this bull about legal pot will do away with all the dealers and cartel was just a lie that the potheads put out there to get the bill past. the govenment wanted it past for the taxes it brings in, so what price do you put on the kids head just so they can waste more money

    • Jenifer Murray

      Really? And how do you propose that happens? Has it ever worked in any school district in America? Or anywhere for that matter? Quit blinding yourself with unrealistic goals. It hasn’t been achieved in the past and it won’t now. But just because pot is legal, doesn’t mean it is immediately going to make the problem worse.

  • Keith B. Rosenberg

    If Marijuana is totally harmless, as many say, why would kids need to be protected from it? If it is harmless would anyone want their airplane pilot using marijuana just before or during a flight? If not then it is not harmless and there does need to be a law about age limits.

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