Colorado May Be Required to Put Stop Signs on Edible Packaging

Colorado May Be Required to Put Stop Signs on Edible Packaging

(The Cannabist)

A new draft of rules was released by the Colorado state marijuana regulators that included some interesting changes to edibles. The draft considered banning the word “candy” from being used to describe the THC sweet treats, as well as putting a specific label on the product to indicate that it was, in fact, psychoactive.

According to the rules, the new symbol would be octagon shaped, much like a stop sign, but with the letters “THC” in the middle to indicate that the food has cannabis’ psychoactive ingredient. However, the symbol doesn’t just stop at the packaging. Under the proposed rules, the “stop sign” symbol would have to be on the actual food product itself as well. Liquid cannabis products would be limited to single servings.

The new rules would also ban premade edible items. This means that a manufacturer would not be able to buy bulk candy and simply spray it with cannabis oil, according to The Associated Press. Companies would, however, still be able to alter existing products, as long as they no longer resemble their original state. Colorado already has “look-alike” laws in place to prevent companies from creating packaging where the infused product could easily be mistaken for the non-psychoactive version.

One common consumer complaint about these new rules is that the stop sign logo is casting a negative light on legal weed.  Julie Berliner, CEO of Sweet Grass Kitchen, said, “A stop sign sends the message that THC is bad.”

These proposed new rules will face a public hearing before any final adoption is put in place.