Colorado bans edible marijuana products that look like gummy bears, people, etc.

Posted at 8:06 AM, Oct 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-02 08:06:18-04

Colorado has rolled out some new pot rules.  They ban edible marijuana products that look like gummy bears, other animals, people or fruit. This comes amid concerns about children mistaking them for a favorite treat.

The marijuana industry isn't alone in trying to anticipate what will catch a grabby toddler's eye. People call Colorado's poison control hotline thousands of times each year when kids swallow household cleaners and prescription medications.

The state health agency's executive director, Larry Wolk "Anything that can look like candy is more enticing to kids."  Colorado lawmakers approved the ban on some edible shapes in 2016. At one hearing on the issue, lawmakers were shown packages of gummy candies that contained pot and typical gummy bears and couldn't tell the difference. 

he ban went into effect yesterday, but manufacturers had more than a year to prepare and say it wasn't a difficult switch.