Bill Banning Child-Like Edibles Moves Through Arizona Legislature

By Holliday Moore
Published: Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 7:33am
Updated: Friday, February 16, 2018 - 3:18pm

Pediatricians nationwide are reporting a more than 133 percent spike in office visits due to children accidentally eating candy-form marijuana "edibles."

It's why Republican Rep. Vince Leach wants to ban Arizona's pot dispensaries from packaging medical marijuana in cartoonish designs that lure children.

"What are you going to do to protect our youngsters from ingesting marijuana in any form," Leach asked his fellow lawmakers on the House Commerce Committee.

Besides gummy bear shapes, Leach said edibles, legal or not, come in a lot of confusing forms.

"We've had occasions where Girl Scout cookies are actually medical marijuana," he said.

The idea to ban child-like labels and packaging has the blessings of Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, who stood before the committee urging them to support the bill.

"No one who I have ever interacted with in the marijuana industry, says they want to market to children in the first place," Montgomery assured the panel.

By imposing restrictions on packaging, Montgomery continued, it would, "meet what the industry itself is saying is consistent with their intent and would also protect children from inadvertent exposure."

No one spoke against the bill this week before voting unanimously to send it onto the House Rules Committee.

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