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Deciphering Between Marijuana Edibles and Candy

It's hard to tell the difference between a marijuana edible and candy

PUEBLO, Colo. - It's hard to tell the difference between a marijuana edible and candy. State lawmakers are considering new requirements for edibles so children don't confuse them with candy.

Rep. Frank McNulty, R-Highlands Ranch, is sponsoring a bill that would require edibles to be shaped, stamped or colored in a way that's not attractive to kids.

"The whole point of merchandising is to make things look appealing," said Don Hamm, who consumes edibles.

Members of Smart Colorado, a non-profit organization concerned about the rollout of marijuana legalization, are pushing lawmakers to back the bill.

"I can see their worry, especially with kids getting into prescription drugs and alcohol," Hamm said.

Even though marijuana edibles are sold in childproof containers, some lawmakers worry edibles could land in a child's hand once its removed from the wrapper.

The kitchen manager at Marisol Therapeutics in Pueblo County believes lawmakers are going too far. "Whether it's an edible or not, I would treat my edibles the same way I treat my Aspirin, my Tylenol," said Michael Tapia. "It would be locked away, away from the kids so that there's not a chance of that happening."

Kody Vanmatre said he keeps his edibles locked up, away from his children.

"It's somewhere where we know there's only one key where they are locked up and that's where they stay. The kids aren't allowed near it. Not allowed to even really know what's there," Vanmatre said.

KRDO contacted Parkview Medical Center and St. Mary Corwin Hospital. Neither report seeing children admitted into the emergency room for consuming edibles.

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