The debate over cannabis edibles could've made headway Monday, when a Colorado task force met for the fourth time in an attempt to hammer out some rules differentiating edibles from regular food. But, as in the meetings before it, no clear direction emerged. Ultimately, the group of industry representatives, police, state regulators and lawmakers voted to send the Legislature several different bills in January, reported the Associated Press.
"The state Health Department called for new markings to go on marijuana products," wrote the AP, "with a future commission to be set up to pre-approve ... what kinds of foods can be made with marijuana." Meanwhile: "Some policy makers say edible pot products that can't be easily marked, such as granola or liquids, should simply be banned."
The state floated a proposal weeks ago to ban infused products altogether, before pulling it amid immediate public backlash. Any kind of ban would be tricky, as Amendment 64 specifically allows for "marijuana products" like edibles, tinctures and concentrates. Regardless, any changes will come from the Legislature, which has until 2016 to get something on the books.
There goes the sun
Last week, the Pueblo Planning and Zoning Commission sent a recommended ordinance to City Council that would disallow residents from growing marijuana outdoors. Acceptable facilities would include a one-family residence or a detached structure, like a shed.
"We're getting a lot of complaints from neighbors next to grows that there's no recourse," KRDO-TV quoted Commissioner David Webb as saying. "Primarily, what we've heard on the planning and zoning commission are excessive smells, objectionable smells from grows."
Pueblo City Council will decide the issue next month.
• Colorado recreational-marijuana sales have taken a tumble, according to the latest report, from $34.1 million in August to $31.6 million in September. "The dip in sales is a bit of a surprise, but tourism may be a factor," writes the Washington Post. "Tourism makes up a large proportion of retail pot sales, and with schools back in session and ski season not yet underway, tourists may be taking a breather."
• 4 Corners TV, an online video network, recently debuted a new cannabis-themed show called Green Light. Catch it at 2 p.m. Thursdays, or any time on 4cornerstv.com. "Our aim is to educate and inform the audience by presenting Cannabis and the industry as it is, without judgment," says host Erin White Sinberg in a release, "and also to make the show fun and entertaining without relying on standard, over-used, and outdated stereotypes."