Protecting Colorado Kids

(April 18) – A bill by Reps. Dan Pabon and Joann Ginal to protect kids from marijuana edibles that are easily confused with candy passed the House Business Affairs & Labor Committee this afternoon.

HB16-1436 requires the Marijuana Enforcement Division in the Department of Revenue to promulgate rules that prohibit edible medical and retail marijuana products shaped like a human, animal or fruit. The bill has the support of Governor Hickenlooper, who highlighted his concern with edibles in his State of the State speech this January.

“This is a commonsense bill to protect our kids,” said Rep. Pabon, D-Denver. “Voters passed Amendment 64 in 2012, but what they didn’t allow was a very specific product that is easily confused as candy by children.”

“Marijuana products are designed for adults and we are asking that these products don’t mimic products marketed to children,” said Rep. Ginal, D-Fort Collins. “It’s a smart, reasonable approach to protecting Colorado children.”

An amendment was passed to clarify that geometric shapes with fruit flavors are permissible under the bill.

The 10-2 vote sends the bill to the House floor for second reading.

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