AUGUSTA, ME - A new study released by the Journal of the American Medical Association provides a stark warning for states such as Maine, considering legalizing marijuana this November. The study shows that incidents of marijuana poisonings among children in Colorado has been rising on average 34% a year. This is almost double the national average rate of 19%.
The study found that marijuana edibles, such as gummy bears, cookies, and lollipops, were responsible for over half (52%) of the exposures. These products have rapidly gained favor in the legal commercial marijuana markets in Colorado and Washington. This means these products are much more available in homes with children, but unfortunately once they are out of the package, they are indistinguishable from normal candies and baked goods.
The average length of stay for the children who were admitted for the poisonings was 11 hours. Additionally, the researchers found that, "Almost half of the patients seen in the children's hospital in the 2 years after legalization had exposures from recreational marijuana, suggesting that legalization did affect the incidence of exposures."
"As a parent, this report is troubling and frightening." states Mainers Protecting Our Youth and Communities Campaign Director, Scott Gagnon. "This report serves as a warning for Maine. Legalizing marijuana and allowing Big Marijuana into Maine would mean having these dangerous products in our communities. The marijuana industry has been successful in Colorado and Washington in blocking restrictions on the advertising and promotion of these dangerous edible products. This rise in youth poisonings is the end result. We must keep this from happening in Maine."
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