Marijuana Packaging Law Clarified In Colorado

March 17, 2014 10:28 PM

Marijuana Packaging Law Clarified In Colorado
" DENVER (AP/CBS4) – Colorado clarified its marijuana packaging requirements Monday, extending to medical pot the same restrictions in place for recreational pot.

Gov. John Hickenlooper, who signed the bill into law, called it an important clarification to make sure minors don’t illegally access marijuana.

“Marijuana should not be easily accessible or attractive to kids,” Hickenlooper said.

The new law requires edible marijuana sold to medical marijuana patients to meet the same packaging standards as pot sold to recreational customers. The packaging must be opaque and childproof.

“Child-resistant packaging is required for things like Tylenol because it works,” Hickenlooper said. “We should have no different standard for marijuana.”

Most medical marijuana sold commercially already complies with existing recreational packaging standards.

The new law also gives marijuana shops the same authority that liquor stores have to confiscate fraudulent IDs from underage consumers. It passed unanimously in both chambers of the Legislature.

“Everyone came together on this,” said Rep. Daniel Kagan, a Denver Democrat who sponsored the law.

A pediatric emergency room physician from Children’s Hospital Colorado, Dr. George Sam Wang, joined the bill signing and said there’s anecdotal evidence of emergency rooms seeing more cases of youth marijuana overdoses "

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