Coming off of what was arguably the most successful year in the cannabis industry, the state of Colorado is justifiably tightening some of its regulations. Feb. 1, 2015 brought new rules concerning the potency and packaging of THC infused edibles. THC is the psychoactive cannabinoid in marijuana known to produce the feeling of being high.
Amendment 64, the law allowing adults 21 or older in Colorado to legally possess up to one ounce of marijuana or THC, was adopted on Nov. 6, 2012. Since then, the laws have been subject to careful scrutiny as they are setting an example for the rest of the nation. This change is probably one of many to come this year concerning the mid-western state’s evolving cannabis industry. The Marijuana Enforcement Division of Colorado is in charge of researching and formulating these new regulations.
The New Rules
- Recreational cannabis edibles must be packaged individually, in child-resistant wrappers and in standardized servings consisting of 10 milligrams of active THC.
- Packaging must comprehensively delineate the serving size.
- Labels must include all of the pertinent information as well as warnings, such as “This product is unlawful outside the State of Colorado,” and “The intoxicating effects of this product may be delayed by two or more hours.”
- The Marijuana Enforcement Division is trying to dissuade companies from producing edibles with 10 to 100 milligrams of THC by offering incentives for the production of edibles at 10 milligrams of psychoactive content.
Below is a photo of the new Lift Citrus Acai THC- infused drink, one of the ways that one Colorado manufacturer, Dixie Elixir, has responded to these new packaging regulations. This 1 ounce beverage contains 10 mg of THC in one serving.
The Community Reaction
The Marijuana community and distributors are generally unified in welcoming the new regulations. They are mostly of the understanding that for decriminalization to be successful it must be approached as responsibly as possible. The new rules have been a little bit of a setback for those stores with a large inventories of high potency cannabis edibles. However, over the course of the month leading up to the new regulations various vendors and manufacturers have come together to offer non-compliant edibles at a unified discount.
There has been national concern surrounding the safe use of cannabis, both medicinally and recreationally. Many physiological factors come into play when determining the appropriate dose for any given person. Up to now, laws concerning label information and child-resistant packaging had been somewhat lax. Even so, there have been only a handful of cases of kids being hospitalized due to unknowingly ingesting cannabis edibles, but that is enough to cause a concern as the edibles market makes up about 45 percent of Colorado’s marijuana industry. Ean Seeb, co-owner of the dispensary, Denver Relief, reported to CBS, “Putting [marijuana edibles] into child resistant containers is one measure we can take as an industry to try to prevent that from happening.”