New Marijuana Edible Rules Are In Effect In Colorado

COLORADO:  Stricter marijuana edible rules went into effect Sunday with new product guidelines for packaging, labeling and potency.

One of the shops that prepared for the new law is The Spot Marijuana Dispensary in Pueblo West.
Mark Scarr is legal counsel for the shop. He said it was a challenge getting in state regulated products.

“It’s a very difficult process. We had to read and understand the different regulations, along with looking up definitions of the all the different words so we know what (the state is) talking about,” he said.

The new guidelines make sure the edible products are child resistant. The new rules include all edibles must being sold in child resistant packaging and wrapped individually, or portioned into serving sizes of 10 milligrams or less of THC. New labels will warn users that marijuana is unlawful outside of Colorado and that it can take up to one to two hours to feel the full effects.


Colorado Still Can’t Figure Out Final Rules For Edible Marijuana

COLORADO:  A working group convened to help Colorado regulate edible marijuana products failed to come up with consensus recommendations at its final meeting Monday, punting the issue to the state legislature.

Officials have long been worried that edible products, which can take the form of sweets like lollipops and treats like brownies, will lead children to experiment with marijuana or accidentally ingest it. In May, the largest children’s hospital in Colorado reported that nine children had been brought in after accidentally eating such products, double the amount the institution had seen in the previous year. Despite fears that Halloween would see a spike of such incidents, the hospital didn’t report any cases of accidental ingestion.

The working group was formed to develop ideas for keeping edibles safe and out of children’s hands. The ideas ranged from making all marijuana edibles a certain color to banning most forms of edibles, limiting production to only lozenges and tincturesA variety of suggestions will be presented to the state legislature when it reconvenes in January.

Makers of edible products don’t want to see their section of the market shrunk and point out that every “preparation of the plant” was given the green light when state voters approved Amendment 64 in 2012.


Report: Hundreds Of Pot Food Safety Violations Documented During 2014

COLORADO:  Hundreds of food-safety violations at edible marijuana manufacturers are documented in Denver inspection records since the start of the year.

According to our partners at The Denver Post’s Cannabist, the inspection records show 237 critical violations related to foodborne illnesses at 107 facilities. They also found 53 non-critical violations.

The newspaper compiled the critical and non-critical violations into a map that shows the one manufacturer with the most violations is Green Cross Colorado, located at 660 N. Bryant St.

Another manufacturer in the top 10 for violations, Advanced Medical Alternatives at 1269 N. Elati Street, was required to recall their products in July. The Denver Department of Environmental Health found the business was using a corroded and moldy clothes washing machine to process marijuana.


Washington State Says Marijuana Brownies OK, But No Lollipops

WASHINGTON:  Marijuana stores in Washington state can sell marijuana in cookies, brownies and other approved baked goods but cannot put the drug in candies, lollipops or food items that might appeal to children, according to newly released rules.

Washington became the second U.S. state to allow recreational sales of marijuana to adults on July 8 when its first retail stores opened under a heavily regulated and taxed system approved by voters in 2012.

The state’s Liquor Control Board, which regulates the fledgling sector, published the guidelines on Wednesday for the packaging and labeling of marijuana edibles.

It prohibited any products, labels or packaging designed to be especially appealing to children, including lollipops and suckers, gummy candy and jelly beans.