In the months since Colorado legalized recreational weed, the state has morphed into a stoner's dreamland full of THC-laced candy, cookies, and even sushi. But the hazy utopia is about to come crashing down, as the CO Department of Public Health and Environment is recommending a sweeping ban of pot edibles.
According to AP, health officials sent out recommendations to regulators on October 14th after growing concerns that the weed goodies available in shops are too appealing to kids. This is justifiable cause for alarm, since state legislation includes a requirement to "prevent the marketing of marijuana products to children". They now want to get rid of nearly all pot-infused foods, leaving only a few liquids and lozenges (we knew there was something in that Ricola) in their wake. Ultimately, the final call will have to come from the Department of Revenue's Marijuana Enforcement Division, as they run all weed-related retail sales, but things are not looking great for the pot edibles industry. Lawmakers are already concerned the treats don't look distinctive enough, meaning kids could reasonably mix them up with non-enhanced desserts. Hopefully this gets sorted out for everyone involved, but even if the Man does crack down, at least you'll have your party subs.
Kristin Hunt is a Food/Drink staff writer for Thrillist, and blames all of this on Maureen Dowd. Follow her at @kristin_hunt.