Colorado Seeks Ban|on Edible Marijuana


     DENVER (CN) – The Colorado Department of Health and Environment wants to ban marijuana-laced edibles, except lozenges and liquids, due to the danger the pot candies pose to children.
     State marijuana regulators on Monday discussed ways to make identifiable markers on edible marijuana products so they won’t be confused with regular foods.
     At the meeting, health officials told regulators that pot-infused edibles can be dangerous in the hands of a child and should be allowed only in lozenge and liquid form.
     “Considering only the public health perspective, however, edibles pose a definite risk to children, and that’s why we recommend limiting marijuana-infused products to tinctures and lozenges,” the Health Department said in statement.
     A Denver hospital this year has reported nine cases of children being admitted to the emergency room for accidentally eating pot.
     It is not clear whether the kids became sick from commercially bought edibles or homemade ones.
     Marijuana can have a much more powerful effect when eaten than it does from smoking. The issue made national waves in June when New York Times columnist wrote a column about her “bad trip” from legally eating pot in a Colorado hotel room.
     A well-known jazz musician told Courthouse News that his experience from eating legal pot in Colorado was just as bad as Dowd’s.
     Lawmakers on Monday asked state regulators to come up with a way to make weed-laced edibles distinct from normal foods.
     The Health Department sent its recommendation to regulators on Oct. 14.
     The recommendations ask for most forms of edible marijuana to be taken off of store shelves.
     The marijuana industry opposes the proposed ban, claiming that such regulations would not help take edibles out of the hands of children.
     The final decision will made by the Department of Revenue’s Marijuana Enforcement Division.
     The meeting comes a week after the Denver Police released a video warning about the danger of mixing up Halloween candy with pot-laced edibles.

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