Edibles Regulation Agreement Eludes Working Group

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A Colorado working group that gathered to better regulate edibles ended without reaching a consensus.

The group, which includes both sides of the debate – legislators looking to regulate the industry and makers of marijuana-infused edibles — had been meeting for months.

Instead of one or two narrowly focused recommendations, the group instead submitted more than a dozen ideas, often conflicting, for new regulations on edibles to the legislature, which will begin discussions on the issue starting in January, according to the Denver Post.

A bill passed in April requires rules be put in place by 2016 to prevent accidental ingestion of edibles infused with marijuana that are sold in recreational marijuana stores. Ideas ranged from requiring all edibles be a certain color or be stamped with a certain symbol to a ban on almost all forms of edible cannabis, the Post reported.

The meetings general descended into gridlock with members opposing each other’s ideas, according to the newspaper.

One idea that gained traction suggested creating a commission that would approve products before they’re sold in stores. But edible-makers on the group denounced the idea, the Post said.

“It just feels like a veiled way to remove products from the marketplace,” said Lindsay Topping of Dixie Elixirs.