Lawmakers consider rules to help reduce marijuana edibles overdoses

Marijuana candy

Marijuana candy

DENVER — State lawmakers are taking aim at marijuana edibles to try and curb accidental overdoses.

A growing number of children are ending up in the hospital after accidentally eating cookies or candy laced with THC. Now, some lawmakers are trying to find ways to make it easier to distinguish marijuana snacks from regular foods.

“We’d like to see a standardization in the form, shape and color of these edible marijuana products so that parents can tell their kids, “Stay away from this. It has marijuana. It is not safe,” says bill sponsor Rep. Frank McNulty, R-Highlands Ranch.

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Those in the edibles industry, like Dan Anglin, say the measure is unfair to consumers.

“[It] goes against what the citizens of Colorado thought of when they approved Amendment 64, which includes edibles.”

Anglin also worries Colorado businesses will suffer. “If there is no competition in a variety of products, then all we are doing is competing on price.”

The bill passed out of a House committee Thursday.

If it becomes law, the state will have until 2016 to decide how to roll out the new regulations.