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 1st Halloween due to the fact 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 protect against accidental underage consumption when the vacation is celebrated this week.

“Like all of the Halloweens that came ahead of this a single, parents should really be on the lookout for goods that are unsafe for youngsters right after they trick-or-treat,” mentioned Jennifer Flanagan, public overall health appointee to the Cannabis Manage Commission. “Although the Commission has robust safeguards in location to deter underage access to marijuana goods, there are illegal products out there that are produced to appeal to youth. To protect against any accidental cannabis consumption by youngsters 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 goods shaped like men and women, animals, or fruits. Furthermore, legal goods are needed to come in tamper or kid-resistant packaging and include the following universal symbols to assist recognize when an item includes tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the key 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 youngsters about the dangers of consuming adult-use marijuana when underage. The agency’s “More About Marijuana” public awareness campaign provides ideas and beneficial starters to get the conversation going at MoreAboutMJ.Org.

If a kid ingests marijuana accidentally, parents may possibly contact the absolutely free, poison handle hotline at (800) 222-1222. If the reaction appears really serious, parents should really contact 911 or go to the emergency area.

For extra data, take a look at MoreAboutMJ.Org, e mail the Commission at CannabisCommission@Mass.Gov, contact 617-701-8400, or adhere to the Commission on Facebook and Twitter.