Marijuana edibles: Should retailers be required to package individual serving sizes?

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Karma Kandy Orange Ginger, the brand of edible allegedly consumed by Richard Kirk.
We've been reporting about a Marijuana Enforcement Division working group looking into placing THC limits on pot edibles.

At the group's last meeting, the MED proposed packaging that would require individual serving sizes featuring 10 milligrams of activated THC to be wrapped separately when sold as part of a 100 mg package -- the limit under state law. But many edibles manufacturers aren't wild about the idea.

According to Meg Colins, executive director of the Cannabis Business Alliance, "this effort about potency and serving size is a direct result of two incidents" -- the death of Levy Thamba, who jumped from a hotel balcony after eating a marijuana edible, and the murder of Kristine Kirk at the hands of her husband, Richard Kirk, after he had allegedly consumed pot candy and pain killers.

Other factors, Collins says, include "reports coming out from various emergency rooms about people overindulging in edible products."

In Collins's view, this is a good discussion to have. "Most Americans look at a cookie as a serving size, even if they're told repeatedly to divide that cookie into ten pieces -- because a serving size is 10 mg of activated THC. It's intuitive. So the Cannabis Business Alliance edibles council started meeting back in February to talk about legislation that was going forward and some of these other challenges, so we can do a better job of educating particularly a first-time or novice consumer."

To that end, the working group unveiled a proposed handout at the May 15 meeting. The theme: "Start Low/Go Slow."

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Edibles at a Denver dispensary.
However, the MED would like to move beyond such efforts to require that "each 10 mg serving be individually wrapped in a container that would hold 100 mgs," the CBA notes in its latest newsletter. However, "most members of the work group did not support the individual wrapping proposal due to lack of equipment and most importantly, probable regulatory overreach."

In Collins's view, "starting to make lower-dose products may be a good idea. That way, folks that might have been making a caramel or a cookie that was 100 mg might also make a 10 mg offering, so that consumers -- especially first-time consumers -- will have a lower-dose choice. But for the consumer who's not a novice, they would still have the higher level THC choices."

Such questions aren't the only ones pertaining to edibles. Indeed, a new working group will be formed by August 1 as directed by recently approved House Bill 14-1366. That measure calls for "edibles to be shaped, stamped or colored in some way that would make them easily identifiable as marijuana products," Collins says. The group is required to provide a report to the legislature by February 2015, with regulation set to follow in January 2016.

The CBA opposed the bill, which is shared below, because "the MED already has authority to do exactly what the legislation called for," Collins maintains. "And we also felt that it might not be practicable and might limit creativity. But we ended up being successful in getting the legislature to give us more time to consider things through working groups and studies.

"That's one thing that's been great about the state," Collins continues. "They recognize this is a new industry, and while everybody did their darnedest dealing with the Amendment 64 task force and subsequent working groups to think through all the angles, there are some things that may come up that you never think of. But the state has been good about not overreacting and trying to put emergency rules out without talking to the industry. They've been good about reaching out."

The next meeting for the working group on serving sizes, potency and packaging is expected to take place in early June. Meanwhile, here's a look at HB 14-1366, the stamping/shaping/coloring measure that will spawn the August working group.

House Bill 14-1366

Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.

More from our Marijuana archive circa May 1: "THC limits for pot edibles pushed by leaders of state's product-potency working group."

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31 comments
muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

Who gets to decide what a dose is?

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident

You will now witness the rise of black market edibles, which is probably exactly what they want to see.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident

"reports coming out from various emergency rooms about people overindulging in edible products."

That's an education problem, not a lack-of-regulation problem. Not one of them was ever at risk of dying.

Joshua Aw
Joshua Aw

10mg doesn't do anything, get real

Chris Swain
Chris Swain

There are no stupid questions..only stupid ppl.

John Mccombs
John Mccombs

10 mg is a small serving! Anyone who eats edibles knows that will barely even give you a buzz.

thejj22
thejj22

There is already enough waste in the world. when i go to the food bank the saddest part is all the packaging.

Phillip Galan
Phillip Galan

10 mg per serving at these prices is just a scam

Lauren Hoff
Lauren Hoff

Sure, can we do it for candy bars and potato chips too?

Katie Pollard
Katie Pollard

I'm not going to blame the bottle when I get too drunk... Take responsibility for yourselves.

Ben Deco
Ben Deco

I think we should legalize marijuana and then regulate it to the point that no one can actually get high.

Val Weitz
Val Weitz

They should also come with a note from your mommy.

Maia Janae
Maia Janae

That's how they make deca dose cheba chews, 10 servings in one bite.

Brian Listy
Brian Listy

A bottle of liquor isn't sold in serving size portions.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Another Marijuana Death ??


A hazardous materials team was called to the scene of an unattended death inside a south Boulder condo Monday, after officers found the materials for extracting hash oil inside the residence.


Foul play is not suspected in the death, according to police.


Police and fire crews were dispatched just before 3 p.m. Monday to 4102 Greenbriar Blvd., across from Fairview High School, on a report that a man's body had been discovered inside the residence.


A hazmat team also was called to the scene after responding officers saw the materials used for making hash oil from dried marijuana, Boulder police Sgt. David Spraggs said.


Hash oil extraction typically involves the use of butane or other flammable gases.

The team performed a sweep of the residence before detectives or officials from the Boulder County Coroner's Office entered the premises, Spraggs said.


"They were called in to do some air monitoring and make sure the scene was safe," Spraggs said.

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DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

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 *** REGULATION WORKS! -- Get REGULATED, Bitches! ***


YOU Voted for It !!


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nemopunk15
nemopunk15 topcommenter

The only problem identified since Colorado legalized Marijuana for all adults over 21 is that most adults over 21 don't read labels.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@muhutdafuga ... The Dose Police ... of course.


*** REGULATION WORKS! ... Clueless Stoners Voted For It!! ***

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident  ... and the Big $$ Dispensary Cartels and their evil pawns in the Legislature will attempt to CRACK DOWN on Private Patients / Users / Caregivers being allowed to make their own edibles legally.


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DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident  ... unless they jump off a balcony ... or their parents let them bake to death in an overheated car ...

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident

…and I'm pretty sure any alcohol product stronger than 3.2% beer is completely unacceptable...

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident

@DonkeyHotay @Cognitive_Dissident It's still an education problem. It's very easy to jump out in front of a car going 50mph on a lot of public roads, but it doesn't happen too often because people have learned that it's dangerous behavior, just like those activities which you mentioned and are not caused by pot.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident

@DonkeyHotay @Cognitive_Dissident If everything about pot was "getting stoned," you might have a limited point. FWIW, I've had a pretty long history of not particularly liking stoners.

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