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The challenge: knowing what is and isn’t an edible. Outside the package, how is a consumer to know if a square of chocolate is infused with a potent strain of pot?
State regulators have proposed adding a stop sign symbol to the chocolate or cake or mint, marked with the initials T.H.C. referring to the psychoactive chemical in marijuana. The industry has countered that it’s expensive for the makers of edibles to adjust their production methods to include buying new molds for chocolate. And they object to the use of a stop sign symbol, saying it’s anti-marijuana.
The state is also considering removing the word ‘candy’ from packaging. Regulators also want to require edibles be made from scratch, keeping manufactures from buying regular sweets and candies and infusing them with pot.
The rules now go to a public hearing. Marijuana regulators in Colorado have until January to implement a 2014 law requiring edible marijuana to have a distinct look when outside its packaging. The law was passed after reports of people accidentally eating foods infused with marijuana.