DENVER -- Amid cries for tighter regulations on marijuana edibles after a rash of recent incidents, the Colorado Department of Revenue has posted new specific rules for the state's legal marijuana industry that will go into effect in February 2015.
In these new rules, the state has officially set the serving size of active THC in each edible marijuana item at 10 milligrams, and has also set the maximum serving size of an individual edible marijuana product at 100 milligrams of THC.
In addition, "the amount in milligrams of Standardized Serving Of Marijuana, the total number of Standardized Servings Of Marijuana and the total amount of active THC contained within the product" must be clearly spelled out on each edible marijuana product "in a way that enables a reasonable person to intuitively determine how much of the product constitutes a single serving of active THC," the new rules state.
If a marijuana edible product is too small to contain all this information, then "the product must contain no more than 10 mg of active THC per unit of sale," the department wrote.
The new rules will also require each individual marijuana edible product to be capable of being separated into a delineation that matches its amount of serving sizes. So, for instance, if a chocolate bar contains ten serving sizes in a single product, the new rules state it must have pre-made indents that allow it to be easily and clearly broken into 10 pieces.
Failure to comply with these new rules could result in a marijuana retail store losing its state license.
Among the most tragic of incidents involving marijuana edibles in Colorado in the last six months were the deaths of a mother, who was allegedly killed by a husband under the influence of marijuana edibles, and a student, who allegedly plunged to his death off a roof after consuming an edible during a spring break trip.
Three others filed a lawsuit after they said they unknowingly ingested a marijuana candy bar at the Denver County Fair and ended up in the hospital last month.
As if that weren't enough, marijuana edibles also got some bad publicity from New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, whose bad trip after eating a pot-laced candy inspired a billboard panning edibles in west Denver.
In spite of the risks, marijuana edibles remain a popular part of Colorado's legal marijuana industry.