DENVER A proposed ban on edible medical marijuana products has shrunk into a bill that merely suggests rules for packaging of pot brownies and the like.
Rep. Cindy Acree, R-Aurora, originally has sought a ban on medical edibles in her House Bill 1250. But she backed away from the ban before the bills first hearing two weeks ago, scaling the bill back to rules on how edible pot products are packaged and advertised.
On Tuesday, at the House Judiciary Committees continuation of the first hearing, Acree further scaled back the bill. It now says nothing about advertising and instead focuses on telling the Department of Revenue to pass rules on what kind of safety labels the products need to have.
The House Judiciary Committee passed the bill 7-3, sending it to the House Finance Committee.
Opponents questioned whether HB 1250 was needed at all. The Department of Revenue already is working on rules for the packaging of medical edibles, said Rep. Claire Levy, D-Boulder.
I dont think they need this in order to do it, Levy said.
The first hearing featured a packed house, with testimony from police that marijuana-spiked food is showing up in schools, as well as lengthy testimony from the owners of medical marijuana businesses that police fears were overblown.