Are Weed Gummy Bears Worth Fighting For? • High Times
Wednesday, Jun 8, 2016

The classic clarion call of the drug warrior, “Won’t somebody please think of the children?!” has become trite enough to morph into pop culture satire. But as the controversy around cannabis-infused gummies and candies continues to rage in Colorado, it’s worth asking whether these products truly pose a legitimate danger to public safety, or just a troubling case of “bad optics” for the newly emerging cannabis industry. Everyone seems to agree that no one should be marketing cannabis products to children, but is pot in candy form inherently intended to attract kids?

Colorado State Representative Dan Pabon seems to think so, and has introduced House Bill 1436, a measure that would prohibit cannabis-infused gummies shaped like animals, humans or fruit. “I have a 3-year-old son who likes gummy bears,” Pabon said in conversation with a reporter from the Colorado Springs Gazette.

Narrowly focused on curtailing the production of THC-infused foods that look exactly like regular mainstream products, HB 1436 would ban gummy bears and worms, and “Sour Diesel Patch Kids”—if such a thing existed—but other gummy shapes like weed leafs, stars and moons would still be acceptable. Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper addressed the issue in January, saying “Candy cigarettes desensitized kids to the dangers of tobacco. Today, pot-infused gummy bears send the wrong message to our kids about marijuana.”

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