Marijuana-infused candy on display at a Denver marijuana shop. (Denver Post file)

Colorado lawmakers opt to keep planned changes for marijuana edibles

A state Senate bill concerning the appearance of marijuana edibles died Wednesday in committee, where it was voted down unanimously.

The bill sponsored by Sen. Owen Hill, R-Colorado Springs, and Rep. Dan Pabon, D-Denver, would have repealed a 2014 requirement that marijuana edibles be “clearly identifiable, when practicable, with a standard symbol.”

Requiring a standard symbol is expected to go into effect Jan. 1.

Colorado lawmakers and the marijuana industry, however, continue to grapple with how to clearly identify marijuana edibles once they are removed from packaging.

Proponents of the repeal said current packaging and labeling should be sufficient.

About 5 million marijuana edibles were sold statewide last year. Marking or stamping each piece would be expensive and impractical, said Bob Eschino, a founding partner of Incredibles, an edibles producer.

“As an industry, there’s no clear, realistic way to mark every product,” Eschino said.

Opponents of the bill voiced fears about unmarked edibles being given out to unsuspecting people at gatherings, parties and at school. The bill was heard before the Health and Human Services Committee.

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