Colorado’s cannabis edible makers will no longer be allowed to label their products as a “candy.”

“The No. 1 goal here: It’s about public safety, it’s about public health, and, above all, it’s sensitive to the risk this poses to children,” said Jim Burack, the director of the Colorado Department of Revenue’s Marijuana Enforcement Division.

According to the Business Insider, “Kid-friendly shapes, like gummy bears and worms, will also be banned.”

But what makes candy “kid-friendly?”

If it’s all about public health and safety, shouldn’t we ban sugar altogether? Or at least severely limit children’s access to it?

Sugar, like sucrose or high fructose corn syrup, have no essential nutrients. There are no proteins, essential fats, vitamins, or minerals.

There are good and bad sugars. Our body breaks down the substance into glucose and fructose. You can get good sugars from fruit.

Refined sugar is the real enemy here, and children should be the last people on the planet with access to it.

A 2001 study published in “The Lancet” found a high probability that obese children were consuming sugar-sweetened drinks.

And despite leading to obesity, refined sugar leaves children malnourished. Foods high in sugars provide empty calories.

Refined sugar has been linked to hyperactivity, aggression and destructive behaviour. Dr. Parris Kidd reviewed the literature and noted that children who were weaned off refined sugar showed improvements in their behaviour.

The human body did not evolve to consume excessive amounts of sugar, especially fructose. Yet, “we” as a society have no problem giving this substance to children.

We’d sooner ban cannabis edibles that apparently appeal to children because they resemble the much more dangerous refined sugar alternative.

Perhaps Colorado lawmakers should be less concerned about discouraging cannabis edibles marketed as “candy” and more focused on ensuring that refined sugar stays out of the hands of children.

Sugar is toxic, addicting, and deadly.

Cannabis is none of those things.

Sugar overloads and damages the liver, affects your insulin and leptin signalling and raises your risk of heart and kidney disease.

There’s no comparison with cannabis.

Cannabis improves lung health, it helps control epileptic seizures, prevents cancer from spreading, slows Alzheimer’s disease, eases the pain of multiple sclerosis, it is an anti-inflammatory, relieves pain, it’s good for your metabolism, and is a solid treatment for people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. It also protects the brain from injuries, strengthens bones, the hemp seed is rich in healthy fats, protein, and minerals, including essential fatty acids like linoleic acid and plant-based omega-3 — and this is just scratching the surface.

Sugar is one of the most addictive and deadly drugs on the market, yet we call it candy and market it to children.

The government clearly has no idea what it’s doing.