While folks in Colorado are enjoying the perks of having legalized marijuana in their state, some of them are apparently being pretty careless when it comes to keeping their stash out of the hands of kids.
With the legalization of pot, came the rise of marijuana edibles as well as baked goods, which as you can imagine, look pretty tasty to young children, so if they’re not kept out of their reach, children are bound to get their hands in them. And according to a new study, that’s happening at alarming rates in Colorado.
According to research from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, in Aurora, between 2009 and 2015, 81 children under the age of ten were taken to the hospital for marijuana poisoning – with 163 pot exposure calls made to the poison center.
What’s more, mary jane-related children’s hospital visits went from one-point-two per 100,000 two years before recreational marijuana use was made legal in 2014, to two-point-three per 100,000 two years after, with an average 34% increase in poison center cases in Colorado, as compared to a 19% increase in the rest of the country.
- Among the symptoms exposed kids experienced were sleepiness or balance issues, with some suffering from dizziness, agitation, vomiting and even seizures. About 20% of those exposed were admitted to the hospital, and in 15% of cases the symptoms were so bad the kids wound up in ICU.
Source: CBS News