Oct 21, 2016 12:00 PM

Is Sugar More Dangerous for Kids Than Weed?

Starting Oct. 1, Colorado lawmakers have obliged producers of weed edibles to put a warning symbol on their marijuana products, according to The Cannabist. The state also prohibited labeling cannabis products as “candy.” But should so much attention be paid to marijuana sweets, while more dangerous products like sugar are officially allowed?

By taking such measures, the Marijuana Enforcement Division of the Colorado Department of Revenue together with the state Department of Public Health and Environment wanted to protect children from occasional consumption of marijuana edibles. To ensure public safety, manufacturers of weed edibles must reduce the risk of their products' appeal to children.

Oregon Prohibits Weed Strain Names That Appeal to Children
Oregon Prohibits Weed Strain Names That Appeal to Children
If you live in Oregon, you will no longer see such weed strains as Cinderella or Girl Scout Cookies on the shelves of your local dispensaries. Oregon has approved a new rule that prohibits labeling and packaging of cannabis using the strain names that look attractive to children.

According to the new regulations, marijuana edibles must be marked with the warning “! THC” or “! THC M” both on the packaging and the products. The symbol “! THC” means that the product contains THC, while the similar symbol with the letter “M” indicates medical marijuana edibles. Weed edible packaging must also have the following statement below the symbol: “Contains Marijuana. Keep out of the reach of children.”

In addition to this, pot edibles are not allowed to have the words “candy” and “candies” on the packaging unless it is a part of the product's official name.

Medical marijuana dispensaries and recreational stores are allowed to sell weed edibles without the THC symbol only till Dec. 1.

Earlier this year, the state government banned pot edibles in the shapes of fruit and animals, after numerous cases of the use of such marijuana products by kids.

Sixth Grade Students Hospitalized After Eating Weed Edibles at School
Sixth Grade Students Hospitalized After Eating Weed Edibles at School
Last week, two students at Lincoln Elementary school in Salt Lake City, Utah, were hospitalized after eating cannabis-infused brownies at the playground; five more students also felt sick after ingesting pot edibles.

The regulation advocates are sure that it will save kids from accidental consumption of pot, while school administration will be able to identify such sweets easier and take prevention measures. It is also useful for adult users to be aware of the THC dosage they are consuming and remember that cannabis edibles contain psychoactive THC.

However, there are also many opponents of these measures objecting that marijuana edibles are actually not as dangerous as they are claimed to be. For instance, Cannabis Life Network has published an article claiming that refined sugar is more addictive and toxic to kids than cannabis, but no one tries to ban sugar altogether.

While marijuana is full of nutritional compounds, refined sugar provides empty calories. In contrast to cannabis that helps children reduce epileptic seizures, inflammation, and pain, sugar causes children obesity, uncontrollable behavior, and aggression.

Though refined sugar bears no comparison with marijuana and is really the most dangerous drug on the market, the Colorado government is more concerned about the ban on labeling weed edibles as “candy.”

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Report Identifies Probable Factors Attracting Kids to Edibles
Report Identifies Probable Factors Attracting Kids to Edibles
A recently released report by the University of Washington School of Law's Cannabis Law and Policy Project identifies several key factors that may make food items, including marijuana edibles, attractive to children.
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