Colorado House Bill 14-1366, which becomes effective Oct. 1, requires all edible marijuana products to have no more than 100 milligrams of active THC and the standard serving size have no more than 10 milligrams of THC.
The product is required to be placed in child-proof packaging and clearly marked with the new THC symbol, which is a diamond shape with THC in the middle and an exclamation mark.
Colorado felt the need to make changes to the edible market, according to a story in Forbes.com, summarizing those efforts, when the public became concerned about overdoses and stories of children accidentally ingesting edible marijuana products that looked very much like regular candy.
Forbes cited the latest Report to the Joint Budget Committee from the Marijuana Enforcement Division, which stated 5.3 million individual units of retail infused edible products were sold in 2015, an increase of 85 percent from the 2.8 million sold in 2014. Clearly, the edibles share of the market is popular.
“While these regulations only apply to Colorado, other states tend to follow the state’s lead,” wrote Forbes.com contributor Debra Borchardt. “They like to watch and learn as Colorado keeps adapting to the new industry. So when Colorado sets a standard, other states take notice.”
She wrote that edible marijuana company Americanna spent $100,000 and seven months creating candy molds that would bring its cannabis infused gummi’s in compliance with the new rules.