Preventing a child from coming in contact with a pot brownie should be no different than how we keep alcohol and other dangerous chemicals out of our children’s hands.

What if a young child should consume a product containing marijuana? It is unlikely that a young child would smoke or eat the dried plant, but what about the increased availability of marijuana-laced edibles such as brownies and candies when marijuana becomes legal? First of all, there is no need to panic. There has never been a single death due to marijuana consumption. Could the child suffer confusion for a few hours? Yes. Might he have a panic attack? Yes.  

In rare cases some psychological effects may linger after the physical effects have dissipated, but these too will pass. A child does not have experience with psychoactive chemicals and does not understand why he or she feels that way. This can add to the stress of the situation. But preventing a child from coming in contact with a pot brownie should be no different than how we keep alcohol and other dangerous chemicals out of our children’s hands.

As a parent who has legally purchased edibles containing marijuana, you should take the same precautions you take with any other potentially dangerous substances you have around the house. Bleach, prescription medicines, alcohol, and other such products should also be kept away from young children.

Use common sense. Keep such temptations out of the reach of young children. Unlike most other household chemicals, marijuana probably won’t cause any serious harm if ingested. Certainly alcohol is a more dangerous drug and poses a more serious risk to children, but we have learned that prohibition creates more problems than it solves. We can apply the same lesson to marijuana.

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