Proposed ban on marijuana edibles sharply criticized

· Oct. 20, 2014, 4:27 pm
Photo: Pot brownies (AP Photo)
In this Sept. 26, 2014 photo, smaller-dose pot-infused brownies are divided and packaged at The Growing Kitchen, in Boulder. 

Updated 6:16 p.m.

A proposal to ban most forms of edible marijuana including brownies, cookies and most candies drew heavy criticism Monday.

After a state regulatory panel meeting on the topic, the state health department, which recommended the ban, issued the following statement from Executive Director Dr. Larry Wolk:
“Our recommendation does not represent the view of the governor’s office, nor was it reviewed by the governor," the statement reads. "It was put together only in consideration of the public health challenges of underage marijuana ingestion. It does not account for the dynamics of the black market or the guidelines set forward by Amendment 64."
State lawmaker Jonathan Singer, a Longmont Democrat, said the ban could be unconstitutional.
“When Amendment 64 came up, we talked about legalizing marijuana, including edibles, and so unless the state wants to embroil itself in a needless lawsuit, I don’t think this is the way to go.”
Other critics said a ban would lead to a black market for edibles.
But Republican state Rep. Frank McNulty of Highlands Ranch applauded the idea.
"That would be a safe way to protect our kids, something that I think would help motivate a more responsible response to this," McNulty said.
The proposal would ban all edibles except hard lozenges and some liquids.
The Department of Revenue oversees marijuana sales and will have the final say. Its working group on proposed regulations meets again Nov. 7.

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