By Kristen Wyatt / AP with material from The Seattle Times
Colorado health officials want to ban many edible forms of marijuana, including brownies, cookies and most candies.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has recommended that retail marijuana edibles be limited to lozenges and tinctures.
The recommendation has been obtained by The Associated Press in advance of a third and possibly final workgroup meeting Monday to draw up rules for identifiable markers or colors for edible marijuana products so they won’t be confused with regular foods.
The health department’s recommendation would effectively take most forms of edible marijuana off store shelves. The final decision will be made by the Department of Revenue, which oversees retail marijuana sales.
Lawmakers have ordered regulators to require pot-infused food and drink to have a distinct look when they are out of the packaging.
The Washington Liquor Control Board said last month that it learned from Colorado’s early missteps with edibles in modeling its rules. Officials and industry advocates in both states said they were concerned about inexperienced pot users having too much, too fast.
In Colorado, researchers estimated that tourists account for about 44 percent of recreational marijuana sales in metro areas, and about 90 percent in heavily visited mountain communities.
Earlier this year, novice pot users having bad, or even tragic, experiences with Colorado edibles made headlines nationwide.
In June, New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd wrote about her experience with edibles, and the story went viral. Three months earlier, a 19-year-old Wyoming student had jumped from a balcony and died after eating more than six times the recommended serving of marijuana cookies.