According to Stuart E. Heard, executive director of TGPR client California Poison Control System recently quoted in the LA Times, “nearly half of the calls (256)” received for marijuana exposure last year involved “children 5 and younger, including 38 children under 12 months old, and 64 toddlers who were a year old”.
California voters approved Proposition 64 in November 2016 which allows businesses to sell cannabis, while Californians are allowed to grow, possess and use pot for recreational purposes.
In some of the cases, kids find a stash and ingest it without any idea what it is. But Heard says a significant issue is that marijuana “is processed into edibles, including candy, cookies and brownies that are not readily identifiable by children as being tainted with drugs.” He adds, “…kids and cannabis don’t mix.”
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