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Since marijuana was legalized in Colorado many parents and authorities are concerned that children may get their hands on cannabis-infused products. Dispensaries all over the state sell edibles that could easily double as candy or other treats to a child.
The House approved a bill Wednesday prohibiting the production of edibles that look like animals, people or fruit, according to Colorado House Democrats Communication. The measure was co-authored by two Rep. representatives Dan Pabon and Joann Ginal, and was passed 49 to 15.
This issue was first pointed out by Gov. John Hickenlooper during his annual State of the State address in January. Hickenlooper announced his support of the bill prior to Wednesday’s vote, agreeing that some form of edible regulation is necessary.
“This is a commonsense bill to protect our kids,” Pabon said. “My three-year-old can’t tell the difference between a gummy bear with THC and one without. When voters passed Amendment 64 in 2012, they didn’t intend to allow edibles that are easily confused as candy by children.”
The measure, HB16-1436, will apply to all dispensaries, both recreational and medical. After its sweeping success in the House it will now move on to the Senate. To learn more about the new bill, check out the full story.