The Problem of Labeling Edibles: Is a Stop Sign Needed?

092415_The Problem of Labeling Edibles Is a Stop Sign Needed 

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With the number of kids accidentally ingesting marijuana edibles on the rise, cannabis regulators in Colorado are working on revising the labels of weed edibles being sold in the market.

The initial proposal of the Mairjuana Enforcement Division is to stamp current packaging with a red octagon containing the letters “THC” inside. Another white octagon, also with “THC” lettering, will be stamped on the actual product. THC, which stands for tetrahydrocannabinol, is the main psychoactive ingredient of marijuana.

For youth advocacy group Smart Colorado, the proposed label falls short. Instead, they want to put a red stop sign on the packaging of marijuana edibles. “Anything we can do to protect our kids I think is beneficial,” said Gina Carbone, co-founder of Smart Colorado.

Other people within the marijuana industry also agree with the stop sign. “I think that’d be a lot better for the public and stuff to know, ‘Hey, keep away. I don’t indulge in THC,'” said Mike Stetler, owner of Marisol Therapeutics, in an interview with

But not all people are happy with this proposal. Edibles manufacturers complain that a stop sign implies that their products are too dangerous for consumption.

“A stop sign is akin to asking the industry to put a skull and cross bones on items,” wrote The Denver Post Editorial Board.

Another route that state regulators are contemplating is banning the word “candy” from cannabis edibles.

“Children could get ahold of it, and if children don’t get ahold of it, even adults could get ahold of it and not know what is actually in there—if it’s a regular candy bar,” Stetler commented.

Whatever the state decides, the new rules on edibles packaging will take effect by next year.

How can Colorado prevent children from accidentally ingesting marijuana edibles? Voice your opinions in the comments section below—your opinion matters to the nation.

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