According to an article in the Colorado Spring’s Gazette this morning, lawmakers and state agencies want to outlaw marijuana edibles such as brownies, candies, and other baked goods after the media spent a good portion of the past week raising “concerns” about the possibility of marijuana-laced confections being fed to children at Halloween.

Lawmakers initially ordered state regulators to require marijuana-infused food and drink to have a distinct look when it’s out of its packaging to prevent minors and others from accidentally ingesting it. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has recommended that retail marijuana edibles be limited to “lozenges and tinctures”.

The announcement came after a good amount of fear-mongering surrounding edibles and the upcoming Halloween season — where mainstream and community members hyped concerns about the menace of marijuana-infused candies making it into the homes of hapless trick-or-treaters. Currently, edible marijuana offerings are plentiful, with everything from infused sodas to brownies and baked apple dishes available through the booming retail industry. Handing them out for free in the community¬† would be an expensive prank, however; single brownies, cookies and other edibles cost from of $5.75 to $13 a piece.

The health department’s recommendation would effectively take most forms of edible marijuana off store shelves. The final decision is in the hands of by the Department of Revenue, which oversees retail marijuana sales.

  • LittleButterfly

    While I do think that it is a valid concern that marijuana infused candies could potentially be eaten by children who can’t tell the difference between them and regular candies, I highly doubt that people are going to buy marijuana infused to treats specifically to hand out on Halloween. The cost alone makes it highly unlikely. As for forcing retailers to remove their items from the shelves, I think that, just like with alcohol, it is up to the consumer to be responsible when purchasing these types of foods.

  • allhallowseve

    Every year the crazies come out during Halloween to scare the parents and their children that poison laced candy will be given out to the children. In numerous cases this has turned out to be true. It just happens because people are crazy, but now we have to fear the little kiddies getting marijuana laced brownies where they will fly out the window or cause some type of other issue with the kids, maybe they will become drug addicts. This has caused parents who have dealt with this year after year to go to the malls, police stations, or in some cases the fire stations to obtain their treats. So by doing this safety is supposedly assured when you take the so called safe route during Halloween.

    My problem with Halloween is what it really represents.

    According to many scholars, All Hallows’ Eve is a Christianized feast initially influenced by Celtic harvest festivals, with possible pagan roots, particularly the Gaelic Samhain. Other scholars maintain that it originated independently of Samhain and has solely Christian roots.

    Pagan Roots eh? OK, let’s see all these Christians let the kiddies celebrate paganism lol. Not to mention the ingestion of way too much sugar which can later manifest itself into obesity and various diseases such as diabetes makes Halloween a washed up and over done festivity which needs to finally be buried. Find something else for the children to celebrate.

  • Angelice

    I would hope adults would be responsible enough not to give kids treats laced with marjjuana. As a kid growing up, though, I was never allowed to eat anything that wasn’t wrapped up. My mother would have thrown out any brownies or cakes that were homemade. I think that might have been a smart thing to do. I will probably do the same with my child because you just never know.

    • Bendal

      My mother was the same way with candy that wasn’t wrapped by a manufacturer and I do the same with my daughter. Even though we live in a very small town (population 300), I still don’t allow her to eat anything that is homemade because you just never know.