Marijuana Edibles come under new regulations in Colorado

Posted by Sagar Satapathy on October 07, 2016.

In an aim to raise public safety awareness in Colorado, the Marijuana Enforcement Division (MED) of the state has updated new rules and regulations regarding edible marijuana products, which came into effect on October 1.

According to the new rule, medical and recreational marijuana edibles and other cannabis products manufactured in Colorado have to be stamped with a new “universal symbol” -- a diamond-shaped stamp enclosing the notations “! THC” or “! THC M” on the front of the marijuana package in order to distinguish the treats from their non-intoxicating counterparts.

The edible marijuana products must also include the statement: “Contains Marijuana. Keep out of the reach of children.” Marijuana companies are also restricted from calling their products "candy" or “candies”, unless part of the marijuana establishment’s name.

All recreational sales will be limited to one ounce of flower, regardless of the type of product. Accordingly, customers are restricted to 800 milligrams of marijuana edibles or eight grams of concentrates at one time.

Marijuana packaging must be labeled with necessary and relevant information for consumers, including a potency statement and a contaminant testing statement. The information must be easily accessible to consumers, clear and noticeable. Health and physical benefit claims cannot be included on labels.

The new rules will enhance public health and safety by "providing yet another tool for parents, school officials, law enforcement, even health professionals, and, above all, it’s sensitive to the risk this poses to children," said Jim Burack, Director of the MED at the Colorado Department of Revenue.

The new rules were formulated as a reaction to the increase in the number of children admitted to Colorado hospitals for consuming marijuana edibles.

Children who consume marijuana candies may suffer from vomiting, mood changes, sleepiness and balance disorders, according to recent study by JAMA Pediatrics.

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