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Colorado task force says marijuana should be in child-proof packages

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The possible rules for Colorado’s forthcoming recreational-marijuana industry have begun to take shape, after a marathon meeting of a state task force.

Under proposals endorsed Monday by the state’s Amendment 64 Implementation Task Force, marijuana products would have to be sold in child-proof packaging and not contain any logos or ingredients designed solely to appeal to children. They could not be mixed with nicotine. Marijuana and pot-infused edibles would have to come with labels that would detail the items’ potency and also disclose the pesticides or fertilizers used in cultivation.

“We’re trying to give the consumer the information so that he or she can make the right decision,” said Dr. Chris Urbina, the head of the state Health Department and a task-force member.

Recreational-pot shops could sell only marijuana and marijuana-related items such as pipes. They could not advertise anywhere that kids would likely see their ads, such as television, radio, billboards or general-distribution newspapers. And recreational-marijuana stores would not be able to make any health claims about their products.

The task force also adopted proposed policies that would create an “unbiased, fact-based” state website to educate people about marijuana and that would create a committee to identify marijuana topics that Coloradans need to know more about.

Still up in the air is how to pay for it.

“All the things we’re approving today cost a lot of money,” task-force co-chairman Jack Finlaw, Gov. John Hickenlooper’s chief legal counsel, lamented during the five-hour hearing.

The task force is proposing a first draft of Colorado’s recreational-marijuana rules, a never-before-done challenge that the group was given about three months to do. Monday’s meeting was the task force’s second-to-last. It will meet one more time, on Thursday, before it must turn over its report to the legislature.

Lawmakers are expected to pull the task force’s recommendations into one big bill that will have to clear the legislature by the end of its session, on May 8.

John Ingold

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  • comment avatar PLFan February 26, 2013

    Recreational pot shops could only sell marijuana and marijuana-related items, like pipes. They could not advertise anywhere kids would likely see their ads, such as television, radio, billboards or general-distribution newspapers.

  • comment avatar LegitS February 26, 2013

    I hope this doesn’t become law, it just a waste of funds. The only way to kill the black market is to bring the price down. That is all you should try to do, keep it safe & cheap…Anymore than that & your not helping..

  • comment avatar IceFire February 26, 2013

    I think that we’ve made a big mistake here by letting politicians get involved. By their very nature, politicians will over regulate something to death. Childproof packages and how it was grown is not regulating just like alcohol.

  • comment avatar Andrea February 26, 2013

    As for childproof packages, what’s the point? If a kid can read, they can figure out how to open a package. If a little kid managed to open it, they’re not likely to mistake the product for skittles or something.

  • comment avatar Fable February 26, 2013

    More complex packaging does nothing but add to the cost and to the waste stream. We are trying to get away from over-packaging stuff; this is a step in the wrong direction.

    There is no existing problem of children eating marijuana by accident. They are actually more likely to eat the adult brownie.

    But child-proofing brownies is just toooo silly.

  • comment avatar Julia February 26, 2013

    Hmmmm….. ? You mean like prescription bottles?? Alcohol howl should be child proof too….

  • comment avatar Sandi February 26, 2013

    Chocolate should be put in child-proof containers too seeing as it contains the psychoactive alkaloid theobromine. Other psychoactive alkaloids include caffeine, theine, nicotine, cocaine, amphetamine (ADHD drugs).

    We can keep the kids away from all “drugs” and bring down the obesity problem in one blow.

    Also, FDA approved pharmaceuticals kill upwards of 40,000 Americans every year unintentionally. I don’t know how many were children. There are generally no fatalities related just to cannabis consumption, kind of like chocolate. I don’t know that child-proof packaging is really that sensible. But then, very little about the War on Drugs or government policy in general is.

    The policy makers are so grossly ignorant about biochemistry that the policy is bound to be bungled. Ridiculous incompetence is assured. Grow your own, along with tomatoes, potatoes, coffee, tobacco and anything else you care to consume and can produce. Enjoy the hobby. Gardening is fun. Soil is money. Grow what you like and share some with friends – it doesn’t even have to be cannabis. But then, the policy making geniuses might start thinking that tomatoes should be kept in child-proof containers.

  • comment avatar Colorado4Life February 26, 2013

    I attended this meeting yesterday: The C.D.P.H.E. staff and legal counsel were impressive professionals. This is recreational not medicinal use. The big picture: limited quanity sales to in-state and out of state residence over 21 years – protect small children and tourists from mistaking an edible for food, lots of warnings on labels, good bye gummy bears. Hello, 10 mg dose serving, you can always take two, but you can not take one back. If you have over dosed on MJ edibles… it is uncomfortable to say the least. B.H.O. or wax is possibly on the chop block…uh oh…. The dept. of Revenue wants paid … oh yeah and nobody is ready for January 1st 2014, accept tourist, Colo. residents and the black market. Last item; new regulations and education programs being recommended for A64, costs money. The price tag is a mystery and so is; who is paying?

    “If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.”

    ~Ronald Reagan the sleepiest American President

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