Each winter, I partner with a local organization that trains young people to be advocates for healthy habits and choices in their schools and communities. As part of that training, students advocate for solutions to problems that threaten their health and well-being. One of the issues that these students felt strongly about was marijuana access and use amongst their peers.
As we navigate the unchartered waters of legalized recreational marijuana, there is so much that we don’t yet know. It is essential that we proceed with extreme caution and care. As a parent and an educator, I am especially concerned with ensuring that we create effective safeguards for our kids.
That is why I co-sponsored HB14-1366, which addressed concerns about the risk that marijuana-infused “edibles” could pose to our kids. We need to develop restrictions on packaging and labelling of edibles that will prevent kids from ingesting them unknowingly and allow our educators to maintain safe and drug-free schools. A report will be issued by January 2016 with concrete guidance on how we can advance these goals.