Should Marijuana Edibles Have Warning Labels?

By Zachary Siegel 08/18/15
Coloradans are debating over the best way to deter children from pot-infused edibles.
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In an effort to prevent the accidental use of marijuana edibles—specifically colorfully wrapped candies—Colorado officials have proposed a redesign of the packaging in order to make it clear that what you are about to eat will get you stoned.

A recent work group meeting was held to hash out what the new label should look like, and it appears that several different factions within the marijuana industry are voicing their opinions against over-regulation.

Tommy Moore of the Marijuana Enforcement Division (MED) for the state’s Department of Revenue (DOR) noted that dispensaries "will still be allowed to sell marijuana infused chocolate bars and other candies."

Officials rejected the first proposed logo, a marijuana leaf, because parents speculated it would attract rather than deter children. Moore proceeded to show the crowd a new design, the universal stop sign symbol with the letters "THC" across the middle—a symbol to "help prevent the unintentional ingestion of marijuana edibles."

Kristen Wyatt, an AP reporter in Denver, uploaded an image of the potential logo, which you can view on her Twitter.

Wyatt, who was live-tweeting during the meeting, also posted words from Dan Anglin of the Colorado Cannabis Chamber of Commerce. “This mark has a political statement. It's stop THC!” Anglin affirmed.

In response, MED director Lewis Koski said that the logo is “not meant to be a political statement,” according to Wyatt. Anglin replied, “It looks like one!”

Colorado state officials are also calling for the word “candy” to be discarded from labels entirely. The new rules will face a public hearing before they can be implemented. 

After these meetings, the State Licensing Authority will make the move to either adopt the new rules as proposed, modify and adopt them, or reject the rules all together, which would force the MED to go back to the drawing board.

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Zachary Siegel is a freelance journalist specializing in science, health and drug policy. His reporting has also appeared in Slate, The Daily Beast, Salon, Huffington Post, among others. He writes often about addiction, sometimes drawing from his own experience. You can find out more about Zachary on Linkedin or follow him on Twitter.