Apr 17, 2014 7:24 PM by Tony Spehar
State lawmakers will soon decide whether or not to ban certain kinds of edible marijuana products in an effort to avoid accidental ingestion of the potent food and drinks.
On Thursday afternoon the House Health, Insurance and Environment committee voted unanimously to approve a bill aimed at banning edible pot products that mimic other traditional treats and that a reasonable person could mistake for a regular food or drink product. The bill comes in response to spike in the number of cases of children accidentally eating pot products thinking they were regular candy or other foods.
Edible marijuana currently comes in all shapes and sizes such as chewable gummies, cookies, candy bars and drinks.
"A lot of them do look like gummies and gummy bears and a lot of stuff that resembles candy that children buy from the store," described Iesha Jiron, who handles edibles at Nature's Remedy in Pueblo West.
The staff at Nature's Remedy agree with lawmakers who want to try and put a stop to kids accidentally eating pot products. General Manager Rick Hooper has had concerns about some companies making edibles that look too similar to traditional candy products, he said he likes the spirit of the proposed law.
"Because it's going to make sure that we're careful with the product that's going out the door and it's going to make other companies very responsible for what they're doing too," Hooper explained.
In fact, Nature's Remedy sells its products in childproof bags that exceed safety requirements set out by the state. While they support the motivations of the bill, they worry about what they said is vague language they fear could lead to a ban on a wider variety of edible products.
"If they try to get rid of edibles that could be an issue because there are a lot of people that like to take edibles for medical purposes and they don't like to smoke the product," Ieshia Jiron explained. "It stays in your blood stream a little bit longer, so it relieves pain and inflammation a little bit longer."
They believe more focus should be put on packaging and responsibility.
"I think the packaging is strong enough to make sure everything is secure," Rick Hooper said.
The edible marijuana bill will now go to the State House for debate.