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October 29, 2019
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Massachusetts Parents Reminded to Lock Up Marijuana Items, Verify Halloween Candy to Stop Accidental Underage Consumption
BOSTON—As October 31, 2019 marks the initial Halloween considering that licensed Marijuana Establishments opened in Massachusetts, the Cannabis Manage Commission (Commission) is reminding parents to lock up their marijuana items and verify children’s candy to avert accidental underage consumption when the vacation is celebrated this week.
“Like all of the Halloweens that came ahead of this 1, parents ought to be on the lookout for items that are unsafe for youngsters soon after they trick-or-treat,” stated Jennifer Flanagan, public overall health appointee to the Cannabis Manage Commission. “Although the Commission has powerful safeguards in location to deter underage access to marijuana items, there are illegal products out there that are created to appeal to youth. To avert any accidental cannabis consumption by kids this week, we encourage parents to verify Halloween candy and retain their personal legal purchases locked up and out of sight.”
The Commission’s adult-use cannabis regulations prohibit licensed Marijuana Establishments from manufacturing edible items shaped like men and women, animals, or fruits. Moreover, legal items are essential to come in tamper or youngster-resistant packaging and include the following universal symbols to aid determine when an item consists of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main active substance in cannabis:
Illicit industry marijuana items, having said that, come in unregulated packaging, do not function Commission warnings, and could resemble candy, snacks, or other industrial goods. For instance, this month the Peabody Police Division reportedly seized illegal, marijuana-infused “Wonka Bars,” “Nerds Ropes,” and “Wicked Krispies.”
The Commission continues to encourage parents to speak with their kids about the dangers of consuming adult-use marijuana when underage. The agency’s “More About Marijuana” public awareness campaign provides suggestions and beneficial starters to get the conversation going at MoreAboutMJ.Org.
If a youngster ingests marijuana accidentally, parents could contact the absolutely free, poison handle hotline at (800) 222-1222. If the reaction appears significant, parents ought to contact 911 or go to the emergency area.