Mike Tyson ear-shaped edibles can’t be sold in Colorado

A Colorado law passed in 2016 bans the sale of edibles in human form. This includes body parts like ears, state regulators told VERIFY.

More than 25 years ago, former professional boxer Mike Tyson caused a stir in the sporting world when he bit off the ear of fellow competitor Evander Holyfield during a fight in Las Vegas.

Some candy makers later seized the moment by selling ear-shaped chocolates with bites cut out. Now Tyson is doing the same thing by selling marijuana edibles the same shape Called “Mike Bites”.

“We promise they taste better than the original…or at least that’s what Mike tells us,” reads the product description for Mike Bites.

Tyson recently unveiled the ear-shaped edibles at pot stores in New Jersey over Labor Day weekend. Earlier this summer, Tyson’s cannabis brand also made its way to Arizona, Maryland, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.

After the product official started in March 2022some headlines and people on social media claimed that the boxing legend’s marijuana gummies were banned in Colorado due to a state law prohibiting the sale of human-shaped edibles.

THE QUESTION

Does a Colorado law prohibit Mike Tyson from selling his ear-shaped edibles in the state?

THE SOURCES

THE ANSWER

This is true.

Yes, a Colorado law prohibits Mike Tyson from selling his ear-shaped edibles in the state.

WHAT WE FOUND

A Colorado law passed in 2016 prohibits the “production and sale of edible medical marijuana-infused products that have the distinct form of a human, animal, or fruit.” The law does not apply to edibles in the form of marijuana leaves.

The state’s Marijuana Enforcement Division told VERIFY that the law was passed “to prevent accidental consumption” of marijuana edibles that could be confused with products intended for children, such as B. Sour Patch Kids or gummy bears.

Tyson can’t sell its ear-shaped edibles in the state because body parts are considered part of the ban on human-shaped products.

“The phrase ‘the distinct form of a human’ includes the form of any distinct human body part that renders its human form readily distinguishable,” according to a statement from the Marijuana Enforcement Division.

“I think the goal is to take away the comic aspect [edibles] that might be more attractive to minors,” Morgan Fox, policy director at the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), said of the law.

VERIFY has reached out to Tyson representatives but has not heard back at the time of publication.

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NORML notes that cannabis packaging, testing, labeling, and product variety decisions are left to individual states.

“In addition to Colorado, there are a number of states that have specific regulations that govern exactly how edibles may look, be packaged, labeled, and advertised. This is something that is primarily designed to prevent accidental ingestion by children,” Fox said.

Washington state, for example, bans the sale of marijuana-infused confectionery that is “particularly appealing to children.” Some of these products include gummy candies, lollipops, cotton candy, or colorful products. Chocolate, cookies, caramels, and mints are allowed.

There are other state laws to prevent marijuana use by youth, including a legal age limit of 21 for possession and retail purchase, along with child-resistant packaging rules that have been passed by regulators in every state that has legalized marijuana a state regulatory report by NORML.

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