Peeling the “legal marijuana” onion.

Years ago, I wrote a post explaining why legalizing dope was a bad idea for a myriad of reasons.  Serious marijuana use leads to serious health problems, serious societal issues as dope does not improve a person’s performance within a community, educational issues (dopers are forever stupid), and criminal issues.

Most dopers I ran into were offended when hassled about using weed, thinking it only impacted them and nothing around them, which is one of the side effects of being a habitual doper.  You only see what you want.

In explaining to them that if dope is legalized it will open a whole new can of worms, I would get blank stares.  They didn’t get it when I pointed  out that once legalized the government would swoop in and tax it, regulate it and punish people who violated the new rules.  Then I explained to them right behind the government comes the lawyers, who will see an opportunity to sue if something didn’t go right.

Seems I was on point.

You may remember the 2014 murder of Kristine Kirk allegedly by her husband Richard, in what appeared to be a THC-fueled paranoid rage.

Now their children have filed a wrongful death suit against the recreational marijuana company which produced the THC “edibles” Kirk was reported to have taken before the murder:

The maker of the candy, Gaia’s Garden LLC, and its distributor, Nutritional Elements Inc., both of Denver, stand accused of failing to warn customers that edibles could lead to paranoia, psychosis and hallucinations.“The packaging and labeling for the potent candy contained no directions, instructions or recommendations respecting the product’s proper consumption or use,” said the lawsuit filed in May in Denver District Court. “The edible producers negligently, recklessly and purposefully concealed vital dosage and labeling information from their actual and prospective purchasers including Kirk in order to make a profit.”

I covered the lighter side of the edibles debate for PJTV last year, although I can’t find the link. So to recap: Emergency room visits were way up for non-residents, so-called “pot tourists,” who weren’t reading the directions on their edibles and were consuming way too much THC. We’re not talking large numbers of people, but the percentage increase was huge. It’s easy to overdose on edibles because the high takes an hour or more to kick in — and impatient tourists were eating THC candy like… well… like candy.

But in the early days of legalization here in Colorado — which includes the time of Kristine Kirk’s murder — edibles manufacturers were under no legal obligation to label their product with recommended dosages or warn consumers about the time delay.

Here’s what Colorado lawmakers did just two weeks after Kirk’s murder, and you can be sure the timing was no coincidence:

A task force gathered Wednesday to start brainstorming ways to educate consumers, including a standard warning system on popular edibles, which is the industry term for marijuana that has been concentrated and infused into food or drink.One idea was to fashion labels on edible pot like the difficulty guidelines on ski slopes, a system very familiar to Colorado residents. Weak marijuana products would have green dots, grading up to black diamonds for the most potent edibles.

The new rules went into effect on February 1 of last year, and require that “edibles sold recreationally must be wrapped individually or demarked in increments of 10 or fewer milligrams of activated THC.”

Manufacturers responded positively:

An example of the shift is seen in Dixie Elixirs’ popular infused mints. The mints used to come loose in a tin, 10 mints at 10 milligrams each (100 milligrams total). Dixie’s new mints come packed individually in blister packs, similar to some pill and gum packaging, 16 mints at 5 milligrams apiece (80 milligrams total).The reason behind the lower potency: Dixie is playing it safe, making sure the now-individually wrapped edibles wouldn’t surpass 10 milligrams apiece — hoping to cash in on the state’s new incentives, including less stringent testing, for low-dose products. The new mints as a package also are less likely to top the state’s 100-milligram limit. If a recreational edible tests for more than 100 milligrams of activated THC, its maker risks being forced to destroy the entire batch.

“A lot of us are being conservative when we approach product development,” said Dixie marketing chief Joe Hodas. “Instead of pushing the upper limit of a 100-milligram product, we’d rather put out a 90-milligram product.”

When the rules went into effect, the manufacturers are now beholden to a government which believes legalizing a damaging drug is a good idea- as long as they get their cut.  And now that people can be sued, the government will continue to react to that lobbying pressure with more and more regulation.

Trust me, I know dopers, they will NOT participate in this and will go back to just growing and smoking their own.  Which they are probably doing as we speak. One thing about dopers is they don’t like hassles.  And if they thought me taking their dime bag of weed was a big deal, THIS has to be mind blowing!

Funny as a comedy routine. Not funny for society.

 

 

 

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