Colorado Kids Exposed To Cannabis

cannabis leafThere are increasing reports of kids being exposed to cannabis, in states where it’s been legalized for recreational purposes – such as Colorado.

There are increasing reports of kids being exposed to cannabis, in states where it’s been legalized for recreational purposes – such as Colorado.

Recent research published in the JAMA Pediatrics journal has revealed that in Colorado, children, and toddlers have been exposed to marijuana. Hospital visits for kids exposed to cannabis have increased by 150 percent. With the legalization of pot, sweets containing cannabis legally went on the market.

When children taste the sweets they can become restless, sleepy, they can vomit or lose equilibrium, and all these symptoms prompt a visit to the hospital. Some of these young patients were even put into intensive care after their cannabis adventure.

The craze started in 2009, with marijuana poisoning rates climbing. The federal government decided it would make it legal for suppliers and users who abide the law. Sometimes, patients taking medical marijuana would eat it up by baking it into sweets or other baked products.

When recreational cannabis was legalized, in 2012, experts anticipated the rates of child exposure would be on the increase. However, nobody could predict the huge increase.

The study did not bring arguments for or against legalizing marijuana. But what the authors wanted to stress was that careful regulation needs to be done.

For example, many products come in colorful packages, which might tempt children, and another observation is that they come in very variable doses.

23 states have legalized medical marijuana, so far. Alaska, Oregon, Washington and Colorado allow marijuana to be sold for recreational purposes to people who are 21 and over.

The Colorado state made about 588 million dollars in revenue from selling recreational marijuana, and another half a million from medical marijuana sales.

However, they’ve been trying hard to limit the unwanted effects. Just last week, the Hugo townhall told residents not to drink water from the tap, as the water supply tested positive for THC, a psychoactive compound found in cannabis.

Since 2015, Colorado wants cannabis-containing products to come in childproof packages. Portions and dosing are also problematic, as marijuana brownies contain several servings. When kids see it unattended, they eat the entire thing and don’t read the label.

That’s what makes child exposure to marijuana more toxic.

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