To raise public safety awareness, Colorado authorities introduced new rules concerning marijuana edibles. The new regulations were enabled on Oct. 1. Both medical and recreational products are now labeled with a new universal symbol. Besides, the regulation also includes the barring of such words as "candy" or "candies" on weed edibles and the obligatory inclusion of the potency and contaminant information.
The main goal of the introduction of the new regulations is to educate the public and maintain its safety and health. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the Colorado Department of Revenue's Marijuana Enforcement Division are working together on the issue.
The new rule states that all marijuana packages must be stamped with a new universal symbol. It is a stamp that contains the notations “! THC” or “! THC M.” Just below the symbol, a package has to contain a statement “Contains Marijuana. Keep out of the reach of children.” By Dec.1, all retail stores and medical dispensaries may sell only products marked with the symbol.
There are several other rules that have to be followed from now on.
For example, medical marijuana manufacturers may determine the standard portions themselves. Each portion also must be marked by the universal symbol.
When it is impractical to mark an infused product, it has to be packaged in a single serving and child-resistant container. This rule mostly concerns bulk products and powders. Moreover, in the goods that contain several servings, each serving must be marked separately.
All information including the universal label, potency, and testing statements have to be easily accessible and noticeable. Besides, the labels now cannot contain claims about the health benefits of the infused product.
According to the new regulation, retail stores can sell up to an ounce of marijuana or its equivalent of eight grams of the plant's concentrate. An ounce of retail flowers is considered the equivalent of 80 servings containing 10 ml of THC. The customer age regulations remain the same—a customer has to be 21 years or older to buy cannabis.
The regulations come with a certain financial cost for the producers of infused edibles. However, the state officials have been working together with the licensees on the new regulations. Both sides share the concern about public safety and understand the necessity of the new amendments.
One of the Colorado-based edibles makers, BlueKudu, claims that the firm had to buy new molds in order to comply with the new regulations, but that was not out of the ordinary. The cost of the company's readjustment is estimated to be about $80 000, which is not that large of a sum for doing business that can bring you a huge profit.
A more detailed information about the new regulations can be found on the official website of the Colorado Department of Revenue's Marijuana Enforcement Division.