Legalized Pot Becomes Food-Safety Headache
Colorado, Washington state try to forge smart regulations
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 1, 2014 6:15 PM CDT
Updated Aug 1, 2014 6:45 PM CDT
Cookies containing marijuana are shown for sale at the San Francisco Medical Cannabis Clinic in San Francisco, Monday, Oct. 19, 2009.    (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

(Newser) – In Colorado, regulators sat down with marijuana makers and critics today to tackle a complex issue: pot and food safety, the AP reports. Their goal: make pot-infused products clearly labeled for the general public. They agreed that it's easy for some products, like candies and pot cookies, but what about meats, liquids, and powdered drink mixes? "This is a very, very heavy lift," said a critic of the marijuana industry. The regulators also plan to standardize serving sizes so that each bite contains only about 10mg of THC, pot's psychoactive ingredient, and make sure marijuana drinks come in child-resistant containers, the Denver Post reports.

Like Colorado, Washington state has already limited how many ounces of pot a customer can buy per purchase—but with marijuana so much stronger than in decades past, a newcomer might still down a few edibles and ingest enough THC "to knock over an elephant," an expert tells the International Business Times. And without the FDA's help, how can states ensure that THC is evenly distributed in a batch of cookies or brownies? A report that generally lauds Colorado's transition to legalized pot highlights other problems—like the fact that some buyers will eat too much of certain pot edibles, not realizing they take 30-60 minutes to kick in, io9 reports. "There’s a strong need for any consumer to be well informed," says a pot expert. "That does not mean judged, shamed, blamed or glorified; it just means we owe it to consumers of marijuana to give them accurate, accessible information." (Read about Maureen Dowd's shocking experience with pot-edibles.)

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Aug 3, 2014 2:26 AM CDT
Carl Sagan smoked pot
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Aug 2, 2014 5:49 PM CDT
I read articles on cannabis and then I read the comments of people referring to those that use marijuana as stoners, pot heads, lazy, dumb. People who use cannabis do so for a number of reasons: Medicine, supplements for health and beauty, stress, relaxation, communication tool, barrier breaker. I know many people who use it as a catalyst for creativity, inspiration, a way to move from the more methodical systematic logical brain process and tie into the creative side. I notice when people who are of healthy positive mind that use psychodelics tend to see things differently. More connected. Not so easily brainwashed. It's hard to lie to someone that is more conscious than you. Many intelligent highly recognized people of all walks of life and achievement have admitted to using cannabis. Or found inspiration in psychedelics. Just ask Steve Jobs.
Aug 2, 2014 9:55 AM CDT
What have I been saying since it went LEGAL In those MARAJUWANNASOME STATES! TOBACCO OR CANNABIS(same type of POISON)! There have certainly been reports of ER doctors in Colorado seeing more patients with intoxication from POT-INFUSED EDIBLES! My NON-SMOKING and NON- EATING POT honor student is way way smarter(maybe a GENIUS)!! for not smoking & EATING it in the first place!! The people who do this are all DUMBASSES!! MEANING.... (a stupid person; these words are used to express a low opinion of someone's intelligence. blockhead, bonehead, dunce, dunderhead, and I add POTHEAD SMOKER/EATER to that list too!!! Also when u put any TOXIC( being poisonous material especially when capable of causing death or serious debilitation) Smoke into your lungs or INJEST it! it's not like a BREATH of FRESH MOUNTAIN AIR and a CANDY TREAT! Either I am misinformed or I hit it right on the COFFIN NAIL! There ya go!!