THC limits for pot edibles pushed by leaders of state's product-potency working group

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Edibles at a Denver dispensary
The Colorado Department of Revenue's Marijuana Enforcement Division held a session on product potency yesterday at Children's Hospital Colorado in Aurora, where a working group discussed how to make sure that marijuana edible serving sizes are safe for consumers. Much of the talk focused on packaging, and how to make it clear what the side effects of eating a certain milligram level of THC might be.

"We want to make it as safe and responsible as possible for the consumer to consume these products. The challenge is in the individual serving size," explained Rob Kammerzell, head of the Colorado Department of Revenue, which oversees the industry.

The group was put together by Kammerzell and his co-chair, Lewis Koski, to represent a wide range of people who play some role in the marijuana industry. Members include Julie Berliner of Sweet Grass Kitchens, Meg Collins from the Cannabis Business Alliance, the Colorado District Attorney Council's Chris Haslor and Dr. Michael Kosnett with the Colorado School of Public Health.

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Levy Thamba, who fell from a hotel balcony to his death after consuming a marijuana edible.
The meeting came in the wake of recent news stories involving edibles: the death of Levy Thamba, a Wyoming college student, after eating more than a recommended amount of a cookie and fell off a balcony, and Kristine Kirk's murder at the hands of her husband, Richard Kirk, after he had allegedly consumed pot candy and pain killers.

Many members of the group, including Kammerzell and Koski, said they believe edibles should contain no more than 10 milligrams of THC so there are no issues with "overdosing" on weed. "I think one of the biggest challenges is going to be how unique our program is," Koski said, "and as we try to work through or make modifications to these regulations, the challenge is trying to find common ground."

But Max Montrose, a cannabis educator and activist, doesn't agree with putting a limit at 10 milligrams, since many people have a high tolerance. "if you're gonna put 5 milligrams in a pot brownie, I'll have to eat five brownies and I'll have diabetes before I get high," he said after the meeting. Montrose is not part of the working group, but he and a number of other individuals were each given two minutes to share their views after the official discussion was over.

Some group members suggested holding classes for budtenders so they are more informed about how to sell edibles to customers -- and Montrose agrees with that. "I have wanted a budtender certification course forever," he said. "You have to have a license to paint nails and cut hair."

Dr. George Sam Wang of Children's Hospital Colorado and Andrew Freedman, director of marijuana coordination for the Governor John Hickenlooper's office, talked about the importance of keeping children away from marijuana products -- which can be difficult because edibles often look like sweet treats kids would like to eat. The hospital has cared for eight children in the past year who had THC in their system, they said, stressing that it's vital to make childproof bags and containers not only for edibles, but for all marijuana products.

"We're four months into recreational, legal marijuana," said Marco Vasquez, representing the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police. "We're starting to see issues. We have a lot of work to do."

The group does not have a deadline for making its recommendations; there will be another meeting on May 15. The location of that meeting has not yet been determined.

From our archives: "Marijuana: How will testing of cannabis products and edibles work?."

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105 comments
Sally O'Hare
Sally O'Hare

Over reaction for sure. People eating edibles need to understand the potency of some and know how much THC they can handle out of edibles, scarfing down a big 200 mg edible is probably not going to be a good experience for most lol

Bernie Shwayder
Bernie Shwayder

I think levels of THC should, at least, be put on labels so everyone has some idea of what's in the food. These are things that will straighten up over time.

Matt Almand
Matt Almand

Over drinking leads to death, destruction of property and family, and loads of health issues. Pot leads to the cupboard then the couch.

Jeffrey Von Stetten
Jeffrey Von Stetten

Same approach as drinks. People do horrible stuff every day but it doesn't effect potency or sales

Becca Mertens
Becca Mertens

I am totally pro-pot but edibles need to be more regulated but not banned. Limits and maybe better warning labels?

Christopher Paul
Christopher Paul

Seems like they want to lower the dosage in order for people to buy more. $$$

Jennifer Ramon
Jennifer Ramon

I'm a huge pothead but I think to prevent more idiots who don't know how to read a serving size off a label jumping off balconies etc. maybe there should be a limit. I don't necessarily think marijuana is what caused the recent outbreak of dumb, but I also don't want reefer madness levels of blame put on legal marijuana.

Matty Meatballs
Matty Meatballs

This is a huge over reaction!! Who cares it's all about knowing your limits because it is impossible to OD on thc and there is no lethal dosage people just need to think!

Jeremy Montoya
Jeremy Montoya

I want to know where these people are getting their edibles. I want some. Every edible I've eaten doesn't do shit for me.

Jeremy Montoya
Jeremy Montoya

It's an overreaction!! The couple of recent tragedies weren't even edible associated. That's just the excuse they used for leniency.

Greg Jabuki DeRuckus
Greg Jabuki DeRuckus

don't really care because it doesn't effect me but I think dosage has always been a huge issue with edibles. Eating it absolutely different then smoking it and becomes much stronger. Packaging should be very clear about dosage and I personally think that they should limit one dosage per package. then again i know way too many stoners who dab and would mainline the shit if they could. There is a real reason why it's not uncommon for people to think they are going to die while high on edibles and that's because it's very easy to take way too much. I call it the edible zombie death trip.

Matthew Allman
Matthew Allman

I swear people won't be happy until we live in one big penal colony, oh wait we already do.

Bradley Langston
Bradley Langston

Should be the same as alcohol. Know what you're getting.

Christy Articola
Christy Articola

Idk I mean, I have smoked weed every day for the last twenty years but when I ingest edibles I get super super f'd up. I don't think they should set limits but clear labeling of potency should be required for sure. Which it is already, but it should be extremely clear and easy to understand.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

More deaths are attributed to pharmaceuticals, taken as directed, than all "illegal drugs" combined.

Lynn Stiles
Lynn Stiles

If you bought a bottle of liquor, do you drink it all at once? Do you see liquor bottles coming with instructions? You seldom hear of someone who over consumed unless they are on some campus. Where is the common sense here?

Kathy Wedzik
Kathy Wedzik

remember drinking too much MD20/20 first time i tried it, learned lesson..lol...

Kathy Wedzik
Kathy Wedzik

take just a bite of cookie and wait and see if you need more...with the lollipops, we have pharma like such, and instructions for that are suck for ten/fifteen minutes..see if enough...and can repeat dose at x amount of time intervals..something like that..i think it was fentanyl loliipops, used to use for back pain before back surgery....my kids were made aware that they were meds(not for them;didnt tell them it was 'pain' meds tho..lol) and i kept in refrig...i had no problems...

Kyle Etges
Kyle Etges

It'd be nice to at least have some THC-Lite options for us wussies. I can barely use Colorado weed anymore. It's so damn potent!

Jay Polo
Jay Polo

well i guess we could also limit alcohol sales to just shooters to safe guard consumers into acadently drinking an entire 1/2 gallon bottle of gin in one setting

Stephen Felt
Stephen Felt

What's the alcohol limit on booze? And how many tragedies happen weekly from overdrinking?

Jason Jones
Jason Jones

Now that it's something the right doesn't like personal responsibility doesn't matter. When it comes to guns, people kill people but when it comes to weed, it's the pot's fault

Daniel Hickman
Daniel Hickman

Overreaction...since when is it regulated and taxed like alcohol which is what we voted yes for as a state anyway???

Steve At Work
Steve At Work

If you're too stupid to read the dosage listed, well, you're really stupid. Every edible is dosages.

Mark Hendryx
Mark Hendryx

We should probably outlaw Vodka or Whiskey because it is stronger than Beer or Wine. Same sensibility people

Matt Almand
Matt Almand

There's no limit on the amount of alcohol by volume for booze

Ka D'Argo
Ka D'Argo

As long as a dose is "part of a cookie" or "part of a candy bar", there are going to be problems with overdosing. People naturally eat the whole thing. Then when ya factor in that it can take as long as 2 hours for the effects to kick in, no wonder people are over dosing.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident  ... more lives saved by, and diseases actually cured by, pharmaceuticals, than all the marijuana in the world.


hth.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Kathy Wedzik "... suck for ten/fifteen minutes"


Show me.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

One must be a hypocrite to be a right winger.  It's part of the platform. 

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

Give me a break! Do you slug down a half-gallon of Rum because it comes in one container too?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... so you finally admit that Stoners ARE Stupid.


noted.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @Cognitive_Dissident  We are both right on this one.

JimTom
JimTom topcommenter

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JimTom
JimTom topcommenter

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muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@JimTom @muhutdafuga That's because, unlike you, I don't post ignorant responses.  See how simple that was.  I just love that name; jim tom is the perfect goober name.

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