Premarket Approval for Edible Marijuana
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Premarket Approval for Edible Marijuana
Posted by CN Staff on November 17, 2014 at 06:40:59 PT
By The Associated Press
Source: New York Times
Denver -- Worried that edible marijuana sweets are too attractive to children, Colorado health authorities plan to ask on Monday for a new panel to decide which marijuana foods and drinks look too much like regular snacks.A Health Department recommendation, obtained by The Associated Press in advance of a final meeting Monday on edible marijuana regulations, suggests a new state commission give “premarket approval” before food or drinks containing pot can be sold.
The recommendation comes a month after the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment suggested banning the sale of most kinds of edible pot. That suggestion was quickly retracted after it went public.Marijuana-infused foods and drinks have been a booming sector in Colorado’s new recreational marijuana market.But lawmakers feared the products are too easy to confuse with regular foods and drinks and ordered marijuana regulators to require a new look for marijuana edibles.“The department remains concerned that there are products on the market that so closely resemble children’s candy that it can entice children to experiment with marijuana. Marijuana should not seem ‘fun’ for kids,” the agency wrote in its recommendation.The ultimate decision on how to change Colorado’s edibles market will be made by state lawmakers in 2015.The state’s Marijuana Enforcement Division is holding work groups with industry representatives, law enforcement and health officials and parent groups to come up with a group recommendation to lawmakers. The final work group meets on Monday.A Health Department spokesman did not respond to a request for comment on the revised suggestion, which has not been made public formally.Edible-pot makers were upset at the suggestion, saying it runs afoul of a voter-approved constitutional amendment that guarantees access to retail marijuana in all its forms.State regulations limit potency, serving size and packaging, but there are no regulations on what kinds of foods may contain pot. Edible-pot manufacturers say that limitation would go too far.“We’re governed to death, and people need to take responsibility for themselves,” said Elyse Gordon, owner of Better Baked, a Denver company that makes edible pot products including teas, energy bars and candies.“I don’t think anyone in the industry is looking to make products for children, and we resent this idea that people aren’t responsible for the products they bring into their home.”Also coming out from the Health Department Monday is a highly anticipated statement about marijuana use by pregnant women and nursing mothers.The agency was directed by the Legislature to review the health effects of maternal marijuana use.A version of this article appears in print on November 17, 2014, on page A15 of the New York edition with the headline: Colorado Health Department to Recommend ‘Premarket Approval’ for Edible Marijuana. Source: New York Times (NY)Published: November 17, 2014Copyright: 2014 The New York Times CompanyContact: letters nytimes.comWebsite: -- Cannabis Archives
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Comment #3 posted by Hope on November 18, 2014 at 20:22:24 PT
Oh dear.
"Also coming out from the Health Department Monday is a highly anticipated statement about marijuana use by pregnant women and nursing mothers."Forcibly test them? Chain them to a hospital bed and take their baby when it is born? Check mother and child's blood constantly for metabolites and be prepared to snatch said child and turn it over to strangers?This will encourage prenatal care, too.
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Comment #2 posted by schmeff on November 18, 2014 at 10:00:20 PT
Much Ado About Nothing
Have you seen health authorities rush into action because children are eating laundry products? The pre-measured packets often have candy-colored swirls of detergent and bleach products in a transparent dissolving capsule. The caustic chemicals can severely burn the trachea, esophagus and stomach and cause death.Are liquor bottles required to be childproof? Enough alcohol can poison and kill.In contrast, getting too high on THC (it's a misnomer to call it an overdose) is temporary, and causes no harm.
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Comment #1 posted by Oleg the Tumor on November 17, 2014 at 08:46:56 PT
Are the kids getting into your scotch?
Mine neither. So package all edibles in the shape of a bottle of scotch and there you go.
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