Marijuana edibles in the shape of animals, fruit now banned across Colorado

Posted at 6:03 PM, Oct 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-02 10:22:40-04

LAKEWOOD, Colo. – Say good-bye to consuming edibles in the shape of animals or fruit, Colorado.

The state's ban on human, animal or fruit-shaped marijuana edibles went into effect on Sunday, Oct. 1.

The move by the state was done “to increase awareness of marijuana potency and make products less appealing to children,” according to a statement from the Colorado Department of Revenue.

Besides banning these type of edibles, the new rules will also establish new potency labeling requirements.

“Marijuana products in shape and branding should not be enticing to children and we want consumers to be educated about the potency of the products they are buying, these rules ensure that to be the case,” said Mike Hartman, executive director for the Colorado Department of Revenue.

The new rules will apply to medical marijuana centers as well as pot shops. Edibles that are geometrically-shaped or simply fruit-flavored will still be allowed.

Potency labeling for marijuana products

The new rules for potency labels call for the products to be labeled either in a font size that is at least two font sizes larger than the surrounding label text and not less than a 10-point font. The new labels must also be bold-lettered, enclosed within an outline shape such as a square or circle or be highlighted in bright colors, such as yellow.

Products transferred to pot shops before this Sunday may still reflect previous potency labeling requirements.

Medical marijuana specific rules:

Current rules require potency testing for medical marijuana flower and trim.

As proficiency testing requirements for medical concentrate or medical marijuana infused products have not been established, labels do not need to reflect potency or other statements that would result in inaccurate labeling.

However, if medical marijuana concentrate or infused products refer to potency information, relevant labeling requirements apply.