|Edible selection at Healing House in Lakewood, Colorado.|
Colorado Health Department officials want to be able to give a yay or a nay to any and all pot edibles before they could go on sale to the public, according to a department memo obtained by the Associated Press.
The move is part of a continued fight against edibles that some groups claim are being marketed to children in the forms of familiar candies and treats. Because, you know, adults don’t like candy or sweets at all.
Previous attempts to ban all edibles sales failed in the prelim phases, but officials have kept at it and officials today are expected to propose the additional oversight of the industry.
“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,” the memo reads. “Marijuana should not seem ‘fun’ for kids.”
Health Department officials would not comment on the memo but will discuss the move later today.
But edibles makers are already speaking out and say limiting the type of foods could become an arbitrary decision and that they’ve already done enough to keep kids away from their products. At some point, it’s time for parents to step up and take some responsibility for the pot they bring into their own homes.
“We’re governed to death, and people need to take responsibility for themselves,” Elyse Gordon, owner of Better Baked, tells the AP.
Medical and recreational marijuana edibles in Colorado must all be clearly labeled on the package and can only be sold to either valid medical marijuana cardholders or adults 21 and up. As of June, there had been no reported illegal sales to minors by dispensaries and even police stings couldn’t entice the shops to sell to kids.