Colorado health officials recommend ban on some marijuana edibles

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DENVER -- Amid cries for tighter regulations on marijuana edibles after a rash of incidents, the Colorado Department of Revenue recommended limiting marijuana edibles.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has recommend retail marijuana edibles like brownies, cookies and most candies be banned.

Under the department's recommendation lozenges and tinctures would remain legal. Tinctures are liquid extracts made from herbs that one drinks.

The ultimate decision on the matter of marijuana edibles will be made by the Department of Revenue, which on Monday, held what may be be its final work group meeting on identifiable markers for edible marijuana products.

This is described as just one of many recommendations, and is the viewpoint of one public agency. It is not being introduced as law.

Several retail marijuana business associations attended Monday's meeting, objecting to the Department of Public Health and Environment's proposal, and instead calling for better safeguards on packaging.

Packaging was one issue the Department of Revenue, which regulates the state's retail marijuana industry, attempted to address in issuing a set of more specific rules for marijuana edibles in September -- rules that are scheduled to go into affect for the state's retail marijuana industry in February 2015.

Under those 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.

RELATED: Department of Revenue’s new pot edible rules in their entirety

The new regulations will also have an impact on edible marijuana packaging, labeling and required portioning. However, state lawmakers also want edible marijuana products to have a distinct look when they are out of the packaging.

The Department of Public Health and Environment's recommendation would effectively cut down on the need for such labeling and portioning discussions, as marijuana-infused lozenges and tinctures would seemingly be easier to identify and control from a portion standpoint.

Among the most tragic of incidents involving marijuana edibles in Colorado this year 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 in August.

Marijuana edibles also got some bad publicity from New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, whose reported "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.

marijuana edibles machine made its debut in Denver last month, and a new marijuana school in New York offers classes aimed at teaching responsible ways to produce edibles.

10 comments

  • CeAnne

    banning edibles is absolutely unexcusable. Edibles are the safest way for patients to receive their medicine. What are the other options? Smoking or vaporizing? Which leaves deposit in the lungs and has not been recommended by any doctor ever. Even the marijuana only doctors. All doctors recommend that if you are going to use marijuana as pain management, you eat the medicine. If a patient can not ingest it, then how can they safely receive it? There is no other safe way.smoking introduces carcinogens to the lungs. Vaporizing does not administer the full amount of CBDs, the most medicinal part of the plant.without having a way to eat it, what are we supposed to do?my father has multiple sclerosis. His neurologist said that there was nothing that they could do. All treatment options have been exhausted.they released him from care and suggested hospice. He started taking the earliest version of CBD concentrate, Phoenix Tears.he is no longer in a wheelchair he plays his guitar he paints he cooks he can take care of himself. Before the CBD concentrate, he could do none of the above. My worry is that if we take this option away from people who need it, their lives will suffer. Most importantly, the quality of life for the time that they have left is diminished. Why? Because all of us healthy people are worried. That is not a good enough excuse. If you need the medicine take it. If you make the medicine be responsible. How dare the government try and take away a good medicine, a working medicine, a non narcotic medicine, just so that they can feel a little bit better. If a company is not adhering to the rules, shut them down. the mistakes of a few should not punish the masses. we don’t see pfizer in the news, however has anybody looked up chantix recently?you either quit smoking or you kill yourself. there are always side effects, there are always missed dosages. Nothing will ever be perfect. Banning this will hurt people not help them

    • RockyMtHigh

      Ceanne, how dare you post something that makes sense. May I post something as an addition to your comment?
      The whole debate lies with those, who watched ‘reefer madness” and who argue their points, just because of this.
      You were at at marijuana candy bar at the state fair, and ate a sample, *gasp* and was “mellowed out”?
      Are you an idiot, yep, most likely. Duh, I’m at a marijuana candy bar at the state fair, and I eat marijuana candy and it freaks me out, really?
      Many other claims are made against edible marijuana, but in the end, it’s either our intelligence and common sense about what we do.
      Just saying.

  • Anonymous

    Ban, ban, ban… all due to people are too stupid to do research before the ingest something they’ve never had. Life’s hard, its harder if you’re stupid.

  • Megan Bialas

    The picture of the product Will Holden is using in this article is not an accurate depiction of Dr. J’s products.

    1. The Star Barz Dark Chocolate Bar in the picture is not the same bar that is being sold today, nor has it been since May. The current Bar is 8, 10 mg, easily divided pieces, for a total of 80 mg per bar.
    2. The Bar in the picture is a Medical product, not recreational, and is not subject to the same regulations as the Adult use/Recreational lines.

    Feel free to fact check with Dr. J’s directly. 720-457-4646
    drjshashinfusion.com

  • Anonymous

    No one DIED from ANY edible. Do not mislead the public more than you have already. One person is using edibles as a scapegoat to killing his wife and the other, well who knows why any right minded individual would jump off a roof. This story has some basis of being relevant, but NO ONE EVER, has died from injesting an edible. Don’t feed the public misinformation!!!

    • Anon

      ….that’s like saying drinking then driving has NEVER caused someone to become impaired, which caused them to not think clearly, which caused them to get in a car and drive, which caused the death of themselves or another.

  • Judy Rojo

    Why do they keep messing with this??? Are they just coming up with stuff to make more work hours for themselves??? Please tell me if you see m in the street redeye…who can tell if i smoked or ate it??? OR…what way it was eaten??? Really please answer? ! ? ! ? ! Stop wasteing your time and try to figure out real problems…like making more jobs.

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