Levy Thamba (left) died last month after eating a marijuana cookie and then jumping off a Denver hotel balcony. Richard Kirk, who is accused of shooting and killing his wife at their Denver home on Monday evening, ate marijuana candy several hours earlier. (Facebook and Denver Police photos)

Editorial: Urgency for Colo. lawmakers considering pot bills

This is big, Colorado. Two people in the space of a few weeks apparently consumed edible marijuana products now sold in retail stores and seem to have lost their grip on reality.

One, a student from Wyoming, fell to his death from a hotel room. The other’s frightening behavior allegedly concluded Monday with the shooting of his wife. He is now facing murder charges.

It may be too early to link the behavior of Richard Kirk, who is in custody in Denver, conclusively to edible pot, since we don’t know for certain what he consumed and whether he might have been on other drugs. But the search warrant affidavit reportedly says he purchased marijuana candy a few hours before the shooting.

Related: Bill requiring more edibles safety rules OK’d by Colorado legislative committee

The news heightens the urgency for lawmakers considering two bills further regulating edible products. One mandates clearer packaging rules. The other directs the state to establish through scientific study the equivalency of the marijuana flower in retail marijuana concentrate, so that consumers have a better idea of what they’re buying.

A closer look at other regulations may also be order, but these bills are a good start.

This story was first published on DenverPost.com