Colorado Tightens Control on Marijuana Edibles
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Colorado Tightens Control on Marijuana Edibles
Posted by CN Staff on May 22, 2014 at 13:31:27 PT
By Keith Coffman
Source: Reuters
Reuters -- Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signed legislation on Wednesday to tighten controls on edible and concentrated forms of marijuana, as concerns mounted about safety issues after two deaths possibly linked to the ingestion of pot-infused goodies.Voters in Colorado approved a landmark ballot measure legalizing recreational marijuana for adults in 2012, and lawmakers have been working to hone cannabis regulation since the nation's first state-licensed retail outlets for pot opened in January.
Recreational marijuana was approved by voters in Washington state at the same time, and cannabis is set to go commercial there, too, this summer.Wednesday's move in Colorado to tighten rules on edible goods made with pot comes after two adult deaths possibly linked to such products. Meanwhile, a Colorado children's hospital said it has seen an uptick in the number of admissions of children who ingested marijuana-laced foods since the start of the year."Since the ... legalization of recreational marijuana sales, Children's Colorado has treated nine children, six of whom became critically ill from edible marijuana," the statement from Colorado Children's Hospital said.The first law signed by the governor on Wednesday creates a task force to devise packaging for cannabis-infused edibles such as cookies and candy that makes those products readily distinguishable from regular foods."Sadly, cases of children ingesting marijuana are on the rise in Colorado," said state Senator Mike Johnston, the bill's primary sponsor. "By improving labeling and giving kids a way to tell the difference between a snack and a harmful substance, we can keep kids ... out of the emergency room."The second law regulates the amount of concentrated marijuana that can be sold to an individual, closing a legal gap that treats one ounce of leafy pot the same as an equivalent amount of more powerful forms of the drug, such as hash oil.A student from the Republic of Congo who attended college in Wyoming jumped to his death from a hotel balcony in March after ingesting six times the suggested maximum amount of marijuana cookies, according to the Denver medical examiner's office.Levi Thamba Pongi had come to Colorado on spring break along with several friends to sample marijuana. Hours after ingesting an entire marijuana cookie meant to be eaten in smaller doses, he began behaving violently, culminating with his balcony leap.The Denver coroner's office listed "marijuana intoxication" as a contributing factor in Pongi's death.In another incident, a Denver man was accused of shooting his wife to death as she was on the phone with an emergency dispatcher, saying her husband had used pot, was hallucinating and was frightening her and the couple's three children.A search warrant affidavit filed in the case said Richard Kirk had recently purchased a joint and pot-infused candy from a marijuana shop, though it noted that Kirk may have been under the influence of prescription painkillers.Editing by Cynthia Johnston and Ken WillsSource: Reuters (Wire)Author: Keith CoffmanPublished: May 21, 2014Copyright: 2014 Thomson ReutersCannabisNews   -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #2 posted by afterburner on May 23, 2014 at 06:59:06 PT
Loaded Language Shows Bias against Cannabis
"harmful substance"? Say what? Full of harm or injury? Cannabis is Safer than water! But people can drown in water or swim or cook or bathe. Water has many beneficial uses and is not categorically described as harmful even though it can cause harm during extreme weather or with unprepared swimmers or when bathers slip. Why do the authorities hold cannabis to such an impossible standard? Pharmaceuticals are studied by their producers, damaging information is hidden from the FDA. FDA-approved chemicals with numerous harmful side effects are marketed. Patients suffer many side effects, including occasionally deaths. Sometimes, the product stays on the market until public outcry forces the FDA and the manufacturer to remove the dangerous product from the market.Cannabis is Safer than most pharmaceuticals. Cannabis *may* be linked to two deaths. Pharmaceuticals, like Vioxx, have caused many deaths and been removed from the market.Better labeling and regulation is necessary for cannabis edibles, but demonizing language belongs in the dustbin of history!
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Comment #1 posted by observer on May 22, 2014 at 22:04:11 PT
uncontrollable emesis from too much cannabis
This is rare, but I have heard of this (once): teens eating too many pot brownies, passing out, then puking. Which is highly dangerous as emesis together with unconsciousness could lead to aspiration of said emesis with decidedly unhealthy results. Fortunately adults were present and kept little Johnny from drowning on his own vomit. For the number of hours it took for that to stop. So far stuff like that has been exceeding rare and hopefully it stays that way. And far, far more people do that sort of thing (pass out then puke) on alcohol than pot. But it can happen... (This is why smoking or vaping cannabis can be helpful in that it allows one to control things better, with a tighter feedback loop than with eating it.)
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