(02/24/14) - A warning for parents about a dangerous, even deadly, side effect of medical marijuana: pot poisoning. Not everyone who uses medical marijuana smokes it. In fact, a lot of people eat it, added to foods, called "medibles". The problem is, kids can't tell the difference between a regular treat, and one that is made with pot.
Cookies, candy, lollipops all look good, but the one's here at Botana Care in Northglenn, Colorado, are not your typical treats. They are made with medical marijuana. Co-Owner, Robin Hackett, is doing everything she can to keep kids away from these sweets.
Hackett says she keeps them locked in child-resistant containers, per Colorado law, "it has a locking mechanism that is difficult for a small child under six years old."
Child-resistant packaging is required by the federal government for most pharmaceuticals and poisonous products. It is also required for Cannabis.
According to Dr. George Wang, accidental pot poisonings spiked following an increase in the widespread sale of medical marijuana in Colorado in 2009, "the majority of those kids actually did get into what we call marijuana edible products, brownies, cookies, candies, lollipops, and our concern about those were that the potentially high amounts of THC, the active ingredient of marijuana."
Plants are one thing, but it's the edibles in Hackett's shop that would be likely to attract kids. That is why Hackett goes beyond what the law requires for safety. She even uses a locking gun box to prevent teens from gaining access.
"As a parent you know your child. You know what type of security that you would need and the motivation of your child," Hackett says.
The best advice - play it safe and lock it up.
Medical marijuana is legal in Michigan, and 19 other states. Colorado and Washington states have legalized recreational marijuana use.
Pot is still illegal under federal laws.
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