Colorado Considers Changes to Marijuana Edible Packaging

By August 27, 2015Thomas Law Firm

If lawmakers have their way, soon labels for edible marijuana products in Colorado may be required to come with a red stop sign indicating that they contain THC (marijuana’s active ingredient). The changes are meant to make marijuana-infused edibles less attractive to kids. A first draft of new labeling rules suggested that the symbol on edible pot should be the widely recognized pot leaf, not a stop sign – this was rejected, though, when parents complained that a weed leaf would actually just attract children more. Already, THC-laden food items are prohibited from using cartoon characters on packaging and making look-alike products that resemble common foods.

The proposed rules would also prevent the sale of premade edible items. Manufacturers would not be able to prepurchase bulk products to spray with cannabis oil, for example. This would not stop the same companies from altering prepurchased items in ways that make them unrecognizable, like taking chocolate chip weed cookies and grinding them into a cheesecake crust. Manufacturers have complained that this is a really unclear distinction; “Do I have to have chickens out back for the eggs?” asked Dan Anglin of the Colorado Cannabis Chamber of Commerce.

Rep. Jonathan Singer (D-Longmont) also weighed in, saying that he believed that hard-and-fast rules regarding packaging should be limited to edibles that are attractive to kids, but not necessarily other food items containing THC. Marijuana-infused salad dressing, for example – catching a kid with his hand in the cookie jar is common enough to be cliché, but when’s the last time you saw a kid down a whole bottle of vinaigrette?

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