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To keep edibles from being banned, Colorado, educate YOUR children ON SAFETY. Halloween ISN’T ANYTHIG NEW.

Admin; With Halloween right around the corner, and all the commotion in Denver about weather or not edibles should be banned it’s important to take a moment to get in the know. The incidents where children are ingesting, and sometimes overdosing on edibles is creating a situation that needs some attention.  Not only should parents who buy these items and bring them home be very thorough in hiding and making sure their kids can’t access them, but EVERY parent should be explaining that medical candy can be very dangerous to someone it’s not meat for; kids and newbies alike. It’s our responsibility as a city/people, and a state to help control and assure the regulations surrounding edibles are enough to at very least deter minor consumption and educate our kids about what’s out there. The rest, weather you [as a parent] like it or not, is up to us parents to educate and talk to our kids about safety, just like we have been doing for years surrounding this Holiday of collecting candy from random people on the block. It’s not like this should be new, it just needs to be  reformed and understood that a new item is being included in the “watch out” list. Just like bleach, or Windex….you tell your kids not to touch them, for their safety, and they usually listen, because they understand you care for their safety and you explain why it is important to stay away from things they aren’t sure about.. If the problem is that parents who are against legal marijuana don’t feel they should have to “deal” with this extra burden, I’d tell them… “there tons of toxic and deadly things to our kids in this world (high fructose corn syrup, fluoride, house cleaners, gluten?)… and if you aren’t ready to tackle that and create a solution, and educate your children about the real world, then maybe…. you aren’t ready to be a parent. “

By Kristen Wyatt, Associated Press

Updated: October 21, 2014 at 8:35 am

DENVER — Colorado health authorities suggested banning many forms of edible marijuana, including brownies and cookies, then whipsawed away from the suggestion Monday after it went public.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment told state pot regulators they should limit edible pot on shelves to hard lozenges and tinctures, which are a form of liquid pot that can be added to foods and drinks.

The suggestion sparked marijuana industry outrage and legal concerns from a regulatory workgroup that met Monday to review the agency’s suggestion. Colorado’s 2012 marijuana-legalization measure says retail pot is legal in all forms.

“If the horse wasn’t already out of the barn, I think that would be a nice proposal for us to put on the table,” said Karin McGowan, the department’s deputy executive director.

Talking to reporters after the workgroup reviewed the department’s proposal, McGowan insisted the edibles ban was just one of several proposals under review by pot regulators.

Lawmakers have ordered state pot regulators to require pot-infused food and drink to have a distinct look when they are out of the packaging. The order came after concerns about the proliferation of pot-infused treats that many worry could be accidentally eaten by children.

Statewide numbers are not available, but one hospital in the Denver area has reported nine cases of children being admitted after accidentally eating pot. It is not clear whether those kids ate commercially packaged pot products or homemade items such as marijuana brownies.

The Health Department’s recommendation was one of several made to marijuana regulators.

“We need to know what is in our food,” said Gina Carbone of the advocacy group Smart Colorado, which says edible pot shouldn’t be allowed if it can’t be identified out of its packaging.

Marijuana industry representatives insisted that marking pot won’t prevent accidental ingestions.

“There is only so much we can do as manufacturers to prevent a child from putting a product in their mouth,” said Bob Eschino of Incredibles, which makes marijuana-infused chocolates.

Even health officials worried that an edibles ban would not stop people from making homemade pot treats, with possibly more dangerous results.

“Edibles are very, very popular. And I do worry that people are going to make their own. They’re not going to know what they’re doing,” said Dr. Lalit Bajaj of Children’s Hospital Colorado.

The meeting came Denver police released a video earlier this month about the danger of possible mix-ups.

“Some marijuana edibles can be literally identical to their name-brand counterparts,” department warned in a statement, urging parents to toss candies they don’t recognize.

Kristen Wyatt can be reached at http://www.twitter.com/APkristenwyatt

Source: http://gazette.com/colorado-seeks-ban-on-most-edible-marijuana/article/1539849

Other interesting related sources:

http://www.oregonlive.com/mapes/index.ssf/2014/10/oregon_marijuana_legalization_6.html

http://www.vice.com/read/fighting-over-candy-colorados-edible-marijuana-civil-war-1022

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/colorado-wants-most-edible-marijuana-banned/

Colorado Child Dead after state “confiscates” baby girl to give to state-approved foster care, (for safe keeping?) because parents admit to smoking marijuana.

Admin; This is a heart wrenching story about a Colorado family who loses custody of their little girl, Alex Hill, because father admits to smoking marijuana after she goes to bed. There’s no happy ending here.

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By MintPress News Desk | September 29, 2014

Grand Junction, CO — Angel Lane Place, an 11-month-old baby girl has died as a result of injuries received while under the care of state-approved foster parents.

A 20-year-old woman from Grand Junction is facing charges in the death of Angel.

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Free Marijuana for the homeless & low-income. Berkeley, Calif.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/03/us/03berkeley.html?src=twr&smid=tw-nytimes&_r=1

“Beginning next August, medical marijuana dispensaries in this city will be required to donate at least 2 percent of their cannabis to low-income residents. The City Council approved the requirement this summer — unanimously no less — with the hope of making the drug, which can sell for up to $400 an ounce at dispensaries, affordable for all residents.”

“The compassion system has now been formalized in Berkeley, where city officials aim to provide low-income patients with a more reliable supply of medical cannabis. Only Berkeley residents are eligible for the free marijuana, and they must show proof of income (less than $32,000 a year for individuals).”

“He added that there was “probably a lot of use of medical marijuana by people who don’t really need it.”

“If the city’s mandate is another step toward legalization for recreational use, Mr. Bates said, then so much the better.”

“I think what we’re seeing now is an evolution towards full legalization,” he said. “It’s coming. It may not be in the next few years, but it’s coming.”

 

Al Olson; “my first byline was at the age of 14, the same age I smoked my first joint”

Admin; One of founding editors at MSNBC believes in the future of marijuana as a news industry…

Al Olson Leaves NBC News To Head Marijuana News Site

Posted: 08/18/2014 6:10 pm EDT Updated: 08/19/2014 1:59 pm EDT

AL OLSON MARIJUANA

Veteran journalist Al Olson has left his senior editor position at NBC News to headMarijuana.com, a cannabis news site.

“I’ve been a journalist for as long as I’ve been a marijuana advocate –- my first byline was at the age of 14, the same age I smoked my first joint,” Olson said in a press statement.

He took over as managing editor of Marijuana.com on Monday and, according to the press release, will primarily be in charge of the site’s expanding editorial coverage of marijuana-related news as well as building a reporting team for the news site.

“For the last three and a half years I’ve taken this deep dive into this marijuana industry and movement and just what is happening to this country — I think this is a real interesting time for America,” Olson told The Huffington Post. He noted that he has been a recreational pot user for more than 40 years, is a Washington state medical marijuana card holder and has watched a number of friends and family members benefit from using medical marijuana to treat various conditions. Continue reading

Marijuana Headlines over the decades from the New York Times.

Evolving on Marijuana

Highlights from the Editorial Board’s changing view of marijuana over six decades.

1966

Experience has tragically demonstrated that marijuana is not “harmless.”

For a considerable number of young people who try it, it is the first step down the fateful road to heroin.

 

Specious Marijuana Defense »

MARCH 18, 1966

1969

The law should surely make a distinction between soft and hard drugs.

… For the nation to lapse merely into a simplistic crack-down in reaction to the terribly complicated drug problem would only be, in its own way, to freak out.

 

‘Freaking Out’ on Drugs »

JULY 15, 1969

1969

Simple possession of LSD … calls for a maximum sentence of only one year, as against ten for marijuana.

The discrepancy is as glaring as it is absurd. How will anyone know what the restriction on marijuana should be until there is the kind of objective, authoritative report that has been called for by Senator Moss of Utah and Representative Koch of New York?

 

Progress on the Drug Front »

OCTOBER 22, 1969

1970

The nation deserves better answers to the questions about pot. Is it really harmful?

Should the law continue to treat it in the same manner as heroin? … Few substances have been so flatly banned and yet so widely used as marijuana, so much discussed and yet so little researched.

 

Classifying Marijuana »

AUGUST 30, 1970

1971

Marijuana is not a “narcotic”… At the same time, it is a dangerous drug.

… if marijuana is dangerous, the law must reflect this fact. The subcommittee’s report wisely suggests that both use and sale should remain criminal offenses, although punishable by reduced penalties, especially in the case of first-time offenders and experimenters.

 

Parting Marijuana Mists »

JANUARY 25, 1971

1972

… the dangers inherent in smoking marijuana appear to be less than previously assumed.

… What is immediately called for is a sharp scaling down of marijuana penalties, elimination of criminal sanctions for its use or possession and reduction of penalties for its small-quantity sales. A failure of legislatures to base legal sanctions on the best medical evidence available can only undermine respect for the law.

 

‘Decriminalizing’ Marijuana »

FEBRUARY 20, 1972

1978

Marijuana shows great, but not fully proven, potential as a therapeutic agent.

… Marijuana boosters want it legalized immediately for widespread medical use. That would be premature. The need now is for accelerated research to define its medical value. Yet progress has been greatly slowed by the drug’s lingering notoriety.

 

Marijuana as Medicine »

JULY 17, 1978

1982

The sweet-acrid scent of marijuana is everywhere these days…

According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, roughly 30 million Americans smoke it regularly. … Like it or not, marijuana is here to stay. Some day, some way, a prohibition so unenforceable and so widely flouted must give way to reality.

 

Make Grass Greener »

NOVEMBER 29, 1982

1996

It is difficult to dismiss the testimony from many seriously ill patients … that marijuana can ease pain…

… It ought to be possible to regulate marijuana as a prescription drug if it is found to be of legitimate benefit for sick people.

 

Marijuana for the Sick »

DECEMBER 30, 1996

2012

Millions of people have been arrested under the policy for minor violations, like possession of small amounts of marijuana.

And one thing is beyond dispute: this arrest-first policy has filled the courts to bursting with first-time, minor offenders who do not belong there and wreaked havoc with people’s lives.

 

The Human Cost Of ‘Zero Tolerance’ »

APRIL 29, 2012

2013

On marijuana policy, there’s a rift between the federal government and the states.

… The Justice Department has taken a step toward figuring out this peculiar dance between the federal government and the states. If it wants its “trust but verify” approach to work, it will have to start filling in the details.

 

The Marijuana Muddle »

SEPTEMBER 13, 2013

2013

Assuming the argument that alcohol and marijuana are “substitutes” bears out, that could be good news, especially for road safety.

Of the two substances, alcohol is far more hazardous. For the most part, marijuana-intoxicated drivers show only modest impairments on road tests. Several studies have suggested that drivers under the influence of marijuana actually overestimate their impairment.

 

Marijuana and Alcohol »

NOVEMBER 4, 2013

2014

On New Year’s Day, government-licensed recreational marijuana shops opened in Colorado …

Later in 2014, marijuana retailers will open in Washington State. As public opinion shifts away from prohibition, these two states will serve as test cases for full-on legalization.

 

The Marijuana Experiment »

JANUARY 5, 2014

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/07/30/opinion/high-time-evolving-on-marijuana.html?_r=0