Our post about a Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment official's recommendation that almost all marijuana edibles be banned revved up our readers -- and also caused the department's head to walk back the suggestion to some degree. So today, we've got a Comment of the Day bonus: several of the sharpest barbs from those who posted, followed by a clarifying press release from the CDPHE. Enjoy.
Alexander Klaus Manneck writes:
The black market called.... they wanna say thanks fuckhead.
Matt Salazar writes:
The voters have already spoken, stop trying to tell folks what's good for them.
And even though the general assembly has been writing over-regulatory, unconstitutional cannabis bills for 4 years now, no state entity can override or overturn or violate the state Constitution. The Constitution can only change by a vote of the PEOPLE. Both A20 and A64 allow food, candy etc.
Evan Rude writes:
The minute the "Save the children" argument is offered, know that those offering THAT as an argument, have no realistic perspective, or scientific rationale, on which to base a well reasoned premise. They are pandering, strictly to emotion. If we, as a society, gave a damn about "The Children", one in 4 wouldn't be living in poverty! (y) :D
David Long writes:
I have banned the state health department.
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment release:
DENVER -- Following [Monday's] meeting of the edible retail marijuana products stakeholder group, and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's proposal that retail marijuana edibles be limited to lozenges and tinctures, the department has the following statement from Executive Director and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Larry Wolk.
"The recommendation from CDPHE is just that, a recommendation to a working group as part of the deliberative process. We fully expect it will be debated and edited through open, frequent, frank and respectful communication between stakeholders of all stripes at all levels.
"Considering only the public health perspective, however, edibles pose a definite risk to children, and that's why we recommended limiting marijuana-infused products to tinctures and lozenges.
"Our recommendation does not represent the view of the governor's office, nor was it reviewed by the governor. It was put together only in consideration of the public health challenges of underage marijuana ingestion. It does not account for the dynamics of the black market or the guidelines set forward by Amendment 64."
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