An increase in accidental poisoning reports to the Washington Poison Control Center show adults need to work harder to keep marijuana products away from small children.
Among children 5 and younger, the Poison Control Center saw a dramatic increase in accidental exposure from 52 in 2016 to 82 in 2017. The statewide numbers also have risen dramatically in the 6- to 12-year-old group, and most of the accidental exposures involved edible cannabis products.
Adults who leave marijuana products within reach of children and toddlers are mostly to blame for this problem. Pot should be kept out of reach of small hands.
The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board is smart to take another look at these edible products to make sure they are not being sold in a form too closely resembling candy or other treats. State law prohibits any marijuana product that would be especially appealing to children and youth.
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