It may soon be time to say goodbye to your pot brownies and weed lollipops, Colorado residents. Less than a year after the legalization of marijuana in Colorado, which has resulted in a “baked” goods industry boom, the Colorado Department of Health and Environment is looking to ban most forms of marijuana edibles besides lozenges and liquids, according to the Associated Press. The reasoning is because marijuana edibles that resemble candy, brownies, and cookies are naturally attractive to children, and therefore violate the state’s laws against the “marketing of marijuana products to children."
"Labeling and packaging are the best and only way to deal with accidental ingestion," said Joe Hodas, Dixie's chief marketing officer of Dixie Elixirs, which makes infused gum, soda and mints.
The ban comes in the form of a recommendation sent out last week from the health department and would effectively remove all marijuana edibles from shelves. The official decision will be made later this year by the Department of Revenue's Marijuana Enforcement Division. The health department also wants all forms of marijuana that are not strictly pure cannabis to be marked with a colored label, since the marijuana-infused versions of popular sweets and snacks look almost identical to their non-potent counterparts.
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Joanna Fantozzi is an Associate Editor with The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @JoannaFantozzi