Latest Death Linked to Pot Raises More Questions About Edibles

Three deaths in Colorado have now been linked to marijuana edibles. Colorado lawmakers want pot-infused foods to look different from regular foods, but does that requirement go far enough?

A third death in Colorado has been linked to ingesting marijuana edibles.

Services for Luke Goodman, 23, of Tulsa, Okla., were held Friday, one day after Colorado lawmakers agreed that edible marijuana must look different from other foods.

According to Food Safety News, Goodman reportedly shot and killed himself March 21, 2015, at Colorado’s Keystone Ski Area, after ingesting at least five peach tart pot-infused candies. Each candy contained 10 mg of THC.

A toxicology report on Goodman will be complete in a few weeks. Goodman’s family maintains that the marijuana candies were a factor in his suicide, FSN said.

Nineteen-year-old Wyoming college student Levy Thamba Pongi ate pot-infused cookies before leaping to his death from a Denver hotel balcony. The coroner said marijuana intoxication was a factor in Pongi’s death, FSN reports.

The second pot-infused food death in Colorado involved Richard Kirk, who allegedly shot and killed his wife, Kristine Kirk, 44, after he reportedly experienced hallucinations after eating marijuana candy with prescription medicine.

In other edible marijuana news, Colorado lawmakers have agreed that marijuana-infused food must look different from other foods, The Associated Press reports. A committee voted 0-5 to reject a bill that would loosen the edibles’ requirements.

The move by lawmakers means both the marijuana-infused food and the packaging must look different from regular foods by 2016. The edible pot industry said the regulation will be difficult to comply with, considering the various types of foods, from granola to tomato sauce, that are infused with THC.

Bob Eschino, president of Incredibles, which produces marijuana-infused treats, said:

“As an industry, there’s no real way to clearly mark every item that’s out there. That is impracticable.”

As things stand now, “Unless lawmakers change course and write a new standard, the state’s marijuana regulators will be charged with requiring edibles to be ‘shaped, stamped, colored or otherwise marked, when practicable, with a standard symbol indicating that it contains marijuana and is not for consumption by children,'” the AP said.

What do you think of Colorado’s attempt to regulate pot edibles? Does making the products look different go far enough? Share your comments below or on our Facebook page.

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