October 29, 2019

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Massachusetts Parents Reminded to Lock Up Marijuana Items, Verify Halloween Candy to Protect against Accidental Underage Consumption

BOSTON—As October 31, 2019 marks the initially Halloween because licensed Marijuana Establishments opened in Massachusetts, the Cannabis Manage Commission (Commission) is reminding parents to lock up their marijuana goods and verify children’s candy to avert accidental underage consumption when the vacation is celebrated this week.

“Like all of the Halloweens that came just before this 1, parents ought to be on the lookout for goods that are unsafe for children just after they trick-or-treat,” mentioned Jennifer Flanagan, public overall health appointee to the Cannabis Manage Commission. “Although the Commission has sturdy safeguards in spot to deter underage access to marijuana goods, there are illegal products out there that are produced to appeal to youth. To avert any accidental cannabis consumption by young children this week, we encourage parents to verify Halloween candy and maintain their personal legal purchases locked up and out of sight.”

The Commission’s adult-use cannabis regulations prohibit licensed Marijuana Establishments from manufacturing edible goods shaped like men and women, animals, or fruits. On top of that, legal goods are expected to come in tamper or youngster-resistant packaging and include the following universal symbols to enable determine when an item includes tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main active substance in cannabis:

Illicit industry marijuana goods, even so, come in unregulated packaging, do not function Commission warnings, and may possibly 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 young children about the dangers of consuming adult-use marijuana though underage. The agency’s “More About Marijuana” public awareness campaign delivers guidelines and valuable starters to get the conversation going at MoreAboutMJ.Org.

If a youngster ingests marijuana accidentally, parents may possibly contact the free of charge, poison manage hotline at (800) 222-1222. If the reaction appears critical, parents ought to contact 911 or go to the emergency area.

For much more data, go to MoreAboutMJ.Org, e-mail the Commission at [email protected], contact 617-701-8400, or comply with the Commission on Facebook and Twitter.