Colorado officials mulling marijuana edibles limits after two deaths questionably linked to cannabis consumption


Edibles at a Denver dispensary

The Colorado Department of Revenue’s Marijuana Enforcement Division held a session on product potency yesterday at Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora, where a working group discussed how to make sure that marijuana edible serving sizes are safe for consumers. Much of the talk focused on packaging, and how to make it clear what the side effects of eating a certain milligram level of THC might be.

“We want to make it as safe and responsible as possible for the consumer to consume these products. The challenge is in the individual serving size,” explained Rob Kammerzell, head of the Colorado Department of Revenue, which oversees the industry.
The group was put together by Kammerzell and his co-chair, Lewis Koski, to represent a wide range of people who play some role in the marijuana industry. Members include Julie Berliner of Sweet Grass Kitchens, Meg Collins from the Cannabis Business Alliance, the Colorado District Attorney Council’s Chris Haslor and Dr. Michael Kosnett with the Colorado School of Public Health.

Levy Thamba, who fell from a hotel balcony to his death after consuming a marijuana edible.

The meeting came in the wake of recent news stories involving edibles: the death of Levy Thamba, a Wyoming college student, after eating more than a recommended amount of a cookie and fell off a balcony, and Kristine Kirk’s murder at the hands of her husband, Richard Kirk, after he had allegedly consumed pot candy and pain killers.
Yes, Reefer Madness is alive and well in Colorado these days.
For more on how edibles could be limited in potency and in the amount adults 21 and up can purchase at once, head over to the Denver Westword.