Earlier this month Colorado governor John Hickenlooper signed into law HB 1436 which will ban gummies in the shape of animals, fruit, or people, starting July 1st. Proponents of the bill said that the ban will prevent children from eating the THC infused candy on accident, mistaking it for normal gummy bears.
One of the sponsors of the bill, Rep Dan Pabon (D) had this to say, “Those types of products are confusing to children and that is indicated by the number of emergency room visits we’ve seen.” Since 2009, 19 children have been admitted to the emergency room because they ingested candy containing cannabis.
The bill was amended so that gummies shaped like marijuana leaves, or plain geometric shapes would still be allowed. This was a small victory for opponents of the bill who said that the language of the bill was not specific enough, and could lead to an outright ban on cannabis gummies.
This ban seems like a bit of an overreaction. Of course it is important to protect our children, but only 19 emergency room visits in the last seven years doesn’t seem like a good enough reason to ban cannabis gummies. It should be the personal responsibility of parents to do a better job hiding their cannabis, for example keeping it in a locked cabinet.
What are your thoughts on this ban? Are you for or against it? Let us know in the comments!