COLORADO: Child-resistant packaging is a pillar of Colorado’s rules for recreational pot shops, approved as a requirement months ago to reduce the risk of accidental ingestion by young children.
But several business owners say they are struggling to find vendors that manufacture the proper bags or can supply enough to meet demand in time for the opening of the first stores Jan. 1.
All retail pot products leaving shops — from buds to brownies — must be placed in opaque and child-resistant packaging.
“A number of our members are having an incredibly difficult time,” said Mike Elliott, director of the Medical Marijuana Industry Group, the state’s largest marijuana business group. “We’re all looking for ways to comply with this rule, and everyone is worried we’re not going to be able to, basically.”
State regulators are not sympathetic. The packaging requirements were the subject of high-profile debate, were approved Sept. 9 and put into effect Oct. 15, said Julie Postlethwait, spokeswoman for the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division. She said it is disappointing if store owners waited until the last minute.
“This is not a surprise that came and hit them over the heads,” Postlethwait said. “The main point here, the focus the industry tends to forget, is we exist in order to ensure public safety. You don’t want a child ingesting high-potency infused products. The risk is a child’s health.”