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What Colorado might do to keep legal pot from kids

3:24 PM, Mar 14, 2013   |    comments
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KUSA - Jack Finlaw, the co-chair of the Amendment 64 task force, said if Colorado can keep marijuana from kids and other states, the federal government might not crack down on legalized sales in Colorado.

Under Colorado's voter-approved constitutional amendment, retail sales of marijuana for recreational use are set to begin in January 2014.

A state legislative supercommittee begins work Friday afternoon on a series of recommendations to tax and regulate pot.

Below are some of the most important suggestions aimed at protecting youth from the drug, compiled by 9NEWS:

ADVERTISING

  • No mass advertising where kids can be reached (billboards, TV, radio, mail) only adult-oriented magazines and newspapers
  • No claims of health benefits in ads

PACKAGING

  • Packaged under rules that govern prescription drugs
  • Labeled with THC potency

EDIBLE SERVINGS

  • Limit amount of THC per serving / package for edible marijuana products

ADDITIVES

  • No additives designed to appeal to kids
  • No THC products with nicotine/alcohol

EDUCATION

  • Pot information website
  • Ad campaign to discourage use under 21

CHILD CARE FACILITIES

  • No growing allowed in buildings used as child care facilities

LEGAL CONSEQUENCES

  • Enhanced penalties possible for selling to kids
  • First offense for kids a civil offense, with education/treatment

SECONDHAND SMOKE

  • Add marijuana smoke to the Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act, which limits tobacco smoking inside
  • No "cigar bar" exception for pot

HOMEGROWING RESTRICTIONS

  • If someone under 21 lives in the home, the grow area must be enclosed and locked from the rest of the home
  • If no one under 21 lives in the home, the home itself is considered the required "enclosed, locked space."


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