Colorado Revamps Food Safety System to Support THC
January 31st, 2014
Policy, Top News
Colorado became the first U.S. state to legalize recreational marijuana in January of 2014, although the drug remains illegal on a federal level. This means that state regulators have been tasked with creating an entire regulatory framework from scratch given that no official federal guidelines exist.
The latest guidance from the state has been on food safety standards governing the creation of marijuana-infused foods. With the legalization of recreational cannabis, the demand for these foods have soared over the past month and there’s pressure to define new rules to ensure consumer safety.
The new rules will likely require proper labeling that identifies the license numbers of the facilities where the marijuana ingredients were produced, a list of nonorganic pesticides and herbcides, and a list of warning statements at a minimum in order to keep consumer informed.
Potency and contamination tests may also require labeling that identifies the potency profile in milligrams and the number of THC servings. Products that aren’t tested by a lab will show labels indicating that no testing has been done. Contaminates must also be disclosed on these labels if testing is done.
A new system called MITS will track all marijuana plants, from seed to sale, enabling regulators to track any food borne illnesses to the source. When it comes to food borne illnesses, marijuana-infused foods may actually be less risky than consuming traditional foods found in grocery stores.
Later this year, regulators are expected to roll out new testing requirements for marijuana products, with a standard that will require testing for both foods and raw plants. But until the state has enough labs to meet demand, regulators may have to wait to require testing across the board.
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