Colorado Upholds Bill Requiring Marijuana Edibles to Be ‘Clearly Identifiable’ From Regular Food

Colorado Upholds Bill Requiring Marijuana Edibles to Be ‘Clearly Identifiable’ From Regular Food

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The bill will apply not only to chocolates and candies, but also liquids and ‘bulk foods such as loose granola.’ (Photo Modified: Flickr/Jeffrey Beall/CC 4.0)

A 2014 bill from Colorado that states that the marijuana industry must produce edibles that are “clearly identifiable, when practicable” from other food items, even when removed from their packaging, has been upheld, despite a fight from edibles manufacturers, reports The Associated Press. The bill will apply not only to solid products like chocolates and candy products, but also “marijuana-infused liquids, sauces, or bulk foods such as loose granola.”

Supporters of the bill have maintained that a product’s exterior labeling and packaging should be enough.

The bill had been submitted for repeal in the Colorado Senate, but was unanimously voted down (five to zero).

Since the 2014 bill, lawmakers and the edibles industry alike have since struggled with how to adhere to the measure. According to the AP, “A months-long panel of doctors, pot regulators, and edible-marijuana makers failed to agree last year on how to make those foods ‘clearly identifiable’ when out of the wrapper.”

According to the Denver Post, the requirement for edibles to be labeled with a standard symbol is expected to go into effect on January 1, 2016. 

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