Pot Brownies, Edibles Coming Under Tough New Guidelines

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Friday, 01 Aug 2014 09:45 AM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

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It will soon be easier for people in Colorado who consume pot brownies and other marijuana-laced edibles to know how much they are taking in after state regulators Thursday adopted tough stopgap rules regulating the goods' serving sizes, packaging, and potency.

The guidelines, adopted by state regulators, will outlaw bite-sized candies and other items that contain 100 milligrams of THC, the maximum amount the main mind-altering chemical in marijuana allowed by state law in pot edibles, The Denver Post reported.

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With the rule change, foods may still pack up to 100 milligrams of THC, but must be made or marked in a way that will allow consumers to easily break off pieces with 10 milligrams, the standardized serving size under Colorado law, according to the Post.

Single-sized servings must also be put in child-resistant packaging before manufacturers send the goods to stores, instead of expecting stores to provide packaging for customers.

Also, makers of liquid edibles, such as sodas, must bottle them in child-resistant containers that have serving sizes clearly marked, the Post reported.

The emergency rules were to be adopted on Thursday, Department of Revenue Natriece Bryant told the Post, but won't become permanent until Nov. 1 after a legal process including public comment.

Mike Elliott, executive director of the Marijuana Industry Group, told the Post that companies manufacturing edible marijuana products have already shifted to producing lower-potency products, and that "the free market has largely addressed this problem."

The edible marijuana industry has grown immensely after Colorado and Washington state legalized recreational pot use in the past year.

Many users want the edibles because they don't like to inhale or smoke, and some customers eat the candies, brownies, and other items because they deliver a longer-lasting therapeutic dose of the drug.

However, the edibles can pack an unexpectedly hard punch, as New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd discovered earlier this year. In a column, she chronicled how she had hallucinations and thought she'd died after eating too much of a THC-laced candy bar.

Colorado hospitals report they are treating more people, especially children, for illnesses after they consume too much of the infused products, The New York Times reported.

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