Pubdate: Thu, 12 Sep 2013
Source: Wall Street Journal (US)
Copyright: 2013 Dow Jones & Company, Inc.
Author: Rachel Charles O'Bryan


If the president wants to decriminalize marijuana, he should push 
Congress to change the law.

You say that the effect of the latest memorandum from the Justice 
Department concerning enforcement of marijuana laws will be that "no 
prosecutor who cares about his career . . . will bring another 
marijuana case." I read the memo differently. I choose to interpret 
the memo as a last reminder to Colorado (and Washington state) of 
minimum standards that will be enforced.

In Colorado there will be no limitations on marijuana-infused edible 
products. Consumers will be able to buy soda pop, lollipops, gummy 
bears and chocolate bars (the list goes on for more than 60 different 
products) infused with marijuana. The industry has repeatedly claimed 
that making marijuana candy isn't marketing to children. Yet the 
facts prove otherwise.In Colorado, there will also not be a 
reasonable limit on consumers' ability to purchase almost pure 
marijuana concentrate.

My organization, Smart Colorado, worked for months last spring at the 
state legislature for laws placing limitations around marijuana 
edibles and high-potency marijuana products. Unfortunately, nothing 
was done regarding edibles and concentrate. I hope and expect the 
federal government and our U.S. attorney, John Walsh, to immediately 
commence civil and criminal proceedings to protect our children.

Rachel Charles O'Bryan

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