Colorado Proposes Limiting Concentrate Purchases by Young Adult Cannabis Patients

A Colorado bill is seeking to reduce the amount of concentrates that medical cannabis patients ages 18-20 can purchase in an effort to prevent the diversion of such products to Colorado’s youth.

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A recently introduced bill in Colorado would reduce the amount of concentrates medical cannabis patients between the ages of 18-20 could purchase per day from 40 grams to two and implement a new system to prevent people from making purchases at multiple dispensaries in a day, the Denver Channel reports.

State Attorney General Phil Weiser said the bill “addresses [the] fact” that Colorado’s medical cannabis laws “have enabled teen access to high potency marijuana.”

The measure would also require patients 18-20-years-old to see two different physicians from separate practices before being allowed to enroll in the medical cannabis program and would require the Colorado School of Public Health to study the effects of high potency cannabis products on young adults. The bill would also force packaging on both medical and retail concentrates to include a warning regarding the possible risks of overconsumption.

The proposal would also limit medical cannabis advertising that targets young adults.

Speaker of the House Alec Garnett (D), the prime sponsor of the bill, said the legislation is necessary as concentrates are “being pedaled through a black market across high school campuses in Colorado.”

It’s the latest attempt by lawmakers make changes related to concentrates. In March legislation was introduced that would cap potency on the products. Democratic Rep. Yadira Caraveo, the sponsor of the proposal, claimed the reforms were necessary due to “more frequent use” of the products among teenagers. The cap was initially set at 15% THC but is currently up in the air following industry backlash.

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