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One California lawmaker hopes the state will inspect marijuana candy to make sure it isn't marketed to children

Marijuana-laced candy was found in the trunk of a car at the San Clemente checkpoint on the 5 Freeway, according to the Border Patrol. Two men were arrested. (U.S. Border Patrol)
Marijuana-laced candy was found in the trunk of a car at the San Clemente checkpoint on the 5 Freeway, according to the Border Patrol. Two men were arrested. (U.S. Border Patrol)

The coming sale of marijuana-infused candy and baked goods for recreational use in California has one lawmaker demanding close inspection of every wrapper by the state to make sure the products are not marketed to minors.

Assemblyman Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park) has introduced a bill that would require a state agency to inspect the labeling of any edible pot product to make sure it is not attracting children and inspect its packaging to make sure it is child-resistant. Labels with cartoon characters or child-friendly names could be vetoed by the state Bureau of Marijuana Control.

“As it pertains to marijuana legalization in California, children must come first,” Chau said Thursday.

California voters in November approved an initiative that requires the state to begin issuing licenses to businesses to sell marijuana products by Jan. 1, 2018. The measure broadly prohibits marketing to minors, but Chau’s measure requires inspections by the state.

“With edibles growing in popularity as an alternative form for consuming marijuana, it is important that we establish a packaging and labeling approval process to ensure that these products are child resistant, and not made in a way that is specifically attractive to children,” Chau said.

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