Colorado Task Force Fail to Agree on Pot Edibles


Despite threats of killing all edibles sales and giving the state final say on what foods can and can’t make it to market over the last few months, a Colorado task force was unable to agree on any one recommendation to state lawmakers. Instead, they are sending over several proposals — pretty much punting the issue they were tasked with partially solving.

The group – tasked with examining the safety of Colorado edibles and their attractiveness to children – mostly spent their time arguing about whether or not they had the authority to really do much at all. The group also saw pushback from an industry that has already gone above and beyond to pacify safety interests. Pot food has to be clearly labeled on the package, the package has to be childproof and it has to be sold in a second childproof package.
Many in the industry point out that even prescription drugs and potentially tox candy-like vitamins don’t face the same level of scrutiny. At some point, they say, the consumer has to be responsible for what they bring into their homes.
Others say the state needs to regulate the foods more, making them unattractive to children. They’ve suggested that foods that can’t be clearly distinguishable from normal foods – like granola or infused oils – be banned outright.
“I want to know the difference between a marijuana cookie and a Chips Ahoy just by looking at it,” said state Rep. Jonathan Singer, D-Longmont, according to the AP.
The group pushed forward a few proposals to the legislature, which will take them up in the 2015 session starting in January. They’ll no doubt face the same issues the task force faced.