Effective drug education should be ‘Just say know’

Patient consultant Eric Crawford of  the Apothecarium, a  marijuana dispensary, stocks bins containing marijuana edibles for an upcoming 420 event to celebrate cannabis in April 2016. Photo: Amy Osborne, Special To The Chronicle

Protecting children is the first priority as marijuana legalization has become a reality in California. Legal sales are strictly limited to adults, with dispensary staff vigilant about checking IDs. Still, as has been the case for decades, teenagers have found ways to procure cannabis.

Last month, when 10 otherwise healthy middle-schoolers had been hospitalized “after they ingested an unknown substance,” my suspicions were aroused.

Sure enough, that substance was

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