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Colorado Pot Regulators Eye Stricter Rules On Edibles

Two recent deaths tied to pot-infused sweets have prompted Colorado regulators to re-examine the rules for marijuana edibles.

A state-appointed task force will meet Wednesday afternoon in Aurora, Colo., to "discuss and consider reasonable amounts" of THC — the active ingredient in marijuana — in edible pot products.

Regulators will discuss whether a limit on the amount of THC in a single serving should be implemented. The state considers 10 mg of THC to be one serving of the drug, but has no requirement that edibles be packaged in single-serving portions, NBC affiliate KUSA reported.

The meeting comes after two high-profile edible marijuana deaths in Colorado in the past two months.

In March, a 19-year-old student died after jumping from a balcony; friends said he had eaten an entire cookie containing 65 mg of THC, despite the fact that the store clerk at the marijuana shop where the edible was purchased advised cutting the cookie into six pieces and eating one piece at a time.

And earlier this month, a Denver man was arrested after police said he ate marijuana-infused candy before shooting his wife to death.

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Edible marijuana products can be far more potent than a single marijuana joint. Two recent deaths have raised concerns about Colorado's recreational marijuana industry and the effects of the drug, especially since cookies, candy and other pot edibles can be exponentially more potent than a smoked joint. Ed Andrieski / AP

The task force could require edible products to be easily broken into 10 mg pieces, like a perforated chocolate bar, KUSA reported, or they could require the products tp be individually wrapped in servings of 10 mg or less.

Employees who work in edibles manufacturing, healthcare, and law enforcement will be present at the meeting, which begins at 1 p.m. MT.

Retail marijuana sales have been legal in Colorado since January. A poll released Monday showed 52 percent of Colorado residents think marijuana legalization has been beneficial, the Associated Press reported.

— Elizabeth Chuck