Since implementing the legalization of cannabis in Colorado, one of the things they have had the hardest time trying to decide how to regulate is cannabis edibles. Unfortunately, the problem with edibles mostly boils down to unexpecting first-time users and children overdosing on THC-infused candies, cookies and more. This has led us through lots of confusion on what is a proper dosage – which now varies by state as Oregon has set 5mg of THC as their “single dose” edible and Colorado and Washington consider 10mg a “single dose” edible.
In Colorado, we’ve seen lots of changes since the beginning of the cannabis industry – but edibles have probably seen the most changes and restriction. At the end of 2015 they set forth a new requirement that all edibles be stamped – not only on the packaging but on the food product itself – with a diamond with the letters “THC”. Of course, this method will not work for all types of edibles – gummies being one of the products it would be hardest do this for.
Sadly, trying to figure out the proper way to label gummy candy will no longer be a problem that Colorado edible producers will face as a new law has banned cannabis infused products from taking the form of gummy bears as well as the shape of any animal, person or fruit. The reasoning behind this being that children are attracted to these kinds of treats – and why shouldn’t they be? We pack gummy snacks in their lunches or send them for snack time at school – they don’t know the difference.
While there is definitely logic at play behind this particular new regulation, it is definitely a little saddening for those whose favorite edibles were these types of cannabis infused candies. Likely, stores will be allowed to sell out the last of the product remaining, but companies will have to stop production when the law goes into effect on July 1st. Saying goodbye to such a well-loved product is unfortunate, but with the new regulations for labeling going into effect October 1st this might be for the best.
On the bright side, a group called the “Capsule Consulting Group” formed in order to help out the production companies, who are the ones losing the most with the new labeling requirements. They can help them comply with all new labeling laws as they are equipped with both the machinery and the experience necessary to make the transition as smooth as possible for all businesses.
Whether or not removing gummies from the list of legal THC edibles and providing a more obvious warning label on products will stop the accidental consumption of these foods by children – we will have to wait and see. Hopefully all of these regulations, plus a more aggressive reminder to “start low, go slow” when it comes to trying edibles, will be enough to help those newer to the cannabis scene to have an enjoyable experience.