Colorado considers new edibles restrictions

9NEWS at 5 p.m. 4/8/16.

DENVER - Colorado state lawmakers are mounting yet another attempt to restrict the design of marijuana edibles that can legally be sold, with the goal of keeping the THC-bearing products out of the hands of kids.

HB 1436, introduced late Thursday in the Colorado House of Representatives would impose a ban on edibles that “resemble the form of a human, animal, or fruit.”

The law would apply to both recreational and medical marijuana products.

The bill does not spell out in detail how the state would judge to be too similar to human, animal, and fruit forms.

Rather, it would authorize regulators to come up with more detailed rules. Past efforts to restrict edibles used a similar approach, touching off years of lobbying over the fine print in task force meetings and rulemaking hearings.

Bill sponsor Rep. Dan Pabon (D-Denver) tells 9NEWS he doesn’t anticipate as lengthy a process this time, since Gov. John Hickenlooper (D-Colorado) made the issue a priority in his state of the state address this year.

“Back in the day, candy cigarettes desensitized kids to the dangers of tobacco,” Hickenlooper said in his January speech. “Today, pot-infused gummy bears send the wrong message to our kids about marijuana.”

The Colorado Cannabis Chamber of Commerce attempted to blunt the issue after the speech, by announcing a voluntary program in which its members agreed to stop making edibles in the shape of humans or animals.

The bill would springboard off of that idea and create a mandatory set of rules for all manufacturers of marijuana edibles.

Pabon expects the bill to get its first hearing in the coming weeks.

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