Recreational marijuana became legal in Colorado in 2012. According to bostonglobe.com, marijuana has generated $1 billion legal business annually in Colorado since January 2014. Now, starting October 1, Colorado has started implementing new rules pertaining to medical and retail marijuana products.
According to Colorado marijuana laws, a new universal symbol will be required for all marijuana packaging and products. Importantly, the packaging should not be appealing to children. The rules were formulated to promote public safety, increase awareness and to help people in accurately identifying marijuana products.
The law makes it mandatory for every edible marijuana product to bear a diamond-shaped stamp and the letters T-H-C, representing tetrahydrocannabinol – the principal psychoactive constituent of cannabis. Even brownies, candies and every other edible product should comply with this rule.
The step was taken as people have been complaining that these marijuana treats resemble the non-addictive candies, which may make it difficult to differentiate between the two. However, the new law will ensure that people aren’t confused and make the right choice when it comes to picking a marijuana-laced candy or a non-addictive one. That way, a parent does not have to smell or sniff a candy to declare it safe for the child.
Law will help protect children from accidental pot ingestion
There is a litany of bindings the marijuana laws carry and not limited to just the exhaustive labeling and packaging rules. The laws also enforce that there should be childproof zippers and lids, along with warnings that the product should be kept away from children and that it should not be eaten before driving or is not fit to be consumed by pregnant or nursing women.
“We want to ensure that people genuinely know the difference between a Duncan Hines brownie and a marijuana brownie, just by looking at it,” said Democrat state representative Jonathan Singer, who sponsored the law requiring stamped edibles.
The state, however, does not have any statistics regarding the number of children and adults who consumed pot accidently, by failing to identify between the real and marijuana-laced. But surveys conducted in hospitals reveal that more children were treated with accidental pot ingestion after its legalization.
These accidental ingestions have caught the lawmakers’ attention who sprang into action and are trying to safeguard the children and non-users from consuming the edibles laced with marijuana. The labeling of products like candies and cookies may be easy for manufacturers, but it is difficult with certain products like granola or marijuana-infused sodas or powders that can be dissolved in water.
Keeping this point in mind, the packaging also requires the manufacturer to print “Keep out of reach of children” tag in their products, which will ensure that these are not safe to be consumed by children. Due to this new enforcement by the Colorado lawmakers, several manufacturers had to buy new molds for their products which may contain marijuana.
Colorado is also mulling a new law next year. It will ban any edible marijuana products in the shape of a fruit, animal or human. As per officials, the shapes could entice children.
Dealing with addiction
Be it addiction to marijuana or to any other substance, dependence on any drug is harmful. Long-term and chronic addiction can also be fatal for users. Treatment remains the sole remedy for such individuals.