Colorado Health Department To Recommend ‘Premarket Approval’ For Edible Marijuana

COLORADO:  Worried that edible marijuana sweets are too attractive to children, Colorado health authorities plan to ask on Monday for a new panel to decide which marijuana foods and drinks look too much like regular snacks.

A Health Department recommendation, obtained by The Associated Press in advance of a final meeting Monday on edible marijuana regulations, suggests a new state commission give “premarket approval” before food or drinks containing pot can be sold.

The recommendation comes a month after the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment suggested banning the sale of most kinds of edible pot. That suggestion was quickly retracted after it went public.

Marijuana-infused foods and drinks have been a booming sector in Colorado’s new recreational marijuana market.

 

Colorado May Ban Marijuana Foods

COLORADO:  Colorado health officials want to ban many edible forms of marijuana, including brownies, cookies and most candies.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has recommended that retail marijuana edibles be limited to lozenges and tinctures.

The recommendation was obtained by The Associated Press in advance of a third and possibly final workgroup meeting Monday on identifiable markers or colors for edible marijuana products so they won’t be confused with regular foods.

The health department’s recommendation would effectively take most forms of edible marijuana off store shelves. The ultimate decision will be made by the Department of Revenue, which oversees retail marijuana sales.

One-Third Of Colorado High Schoolers Surveyed Have Used Pot

COLORADO:  More than one-third of Colorado high school students surveyed said they’ve used marijuana, according to state health officials.

Fewer high schools students today view marijuana use as a risky compared to students in previous surveys.

Preliminary results from the 2013 Healthy Kids Colorado Survey show the percentage of students who perceived a moderate or great risk from marijuana use declined from 58 percent in 2011 to 54 percent in 2013, according to a Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment media release.

“One in five Colorado high school students used marijuana in the past 30 days, and more than a third have used it at some point in their lives,” the release said. “Thirty-day marijuana use fell from 22 percent in 2011 to 20 percent in 2013, and lifetime use declined from 39 percent to 37 percent during the same two years. None of the declines shown in the preliminary data represent a statistically significant drop in rates.”

 

City audit finds many medical marijuana shops are unlicensed; city doesn't know number of businesses

COLORADO: A Denver audit finds many city medical marijuana businesses are operating without valid licenses and city regulators don’t know how many medical pot dispensaries are operating in Denver. [Read more…]

City audit finds many medical marijuana shops are unlicensed; city doesn't know number of businesses

COLORADO: A Denver audit finds many city medical marijuana businesses are operating without valid licenses and city regulators don’t know how many medical pot dispensaries are operating in Denver. [Read more…]

Colorado Medical Marijuana Audit: 12 Docs Issued Half Of The Medical Pot Patient Recommendations In State

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The audit reveals that in 2009 there were only 6,000 medical marijuana patients in Colorado — as of March 2013, there are 108,000 patients. And as of 2012, 903 Colorado doctors recommended medical marijuana “red cards” for those 108,000 patients, but only 12 of those doctors issued 50 percent of those recommendations, AP reporter Ivan Moreno points out. [Read more…]

Colorado Medical Marijuana Audit: 12 Docs Issued Half Of The Medical Pot Patient Recommendations In State

COLORADO: State auditors say that only a dozen Colorado doctors issued half of the medical marijuana patient recommendations in the state — a sign that the state is not providing enough oversight of the medical marijuana industry.

The audit reveals that in 2009 there were only 6,000 medical marijuana patients in Colorado — as of March 2013, there are 108,000 patients. And as of 2012, 903 Colorado doctors recommended medical marijuana “red cards” for those 108,000 patients, but only 12 of those doctors issued 50 percent of those recommendations, AP reporter Ivan Moreno points out. [Read more…]