A recent study published in Scientific Reports found marijuana to be 114 times less deadly than alcohol and the “least risky recreational drug.” While more and more studies are pointing to the health benefits of marijuana and to the safety of the drug, news stories and headlines are making it seem like the industry itself is not safe. For example, Fox 31 Denver News told its viewers: “In the first few months of recreational pot sales, children’s hospitals saw more child-pot overdoses than the entire year before.” And Children’s Hospital Colorado reported that 14 children younger than 10 were admitted for ingesting marijuana edibles in the first 11 months of 2014. At Kush Bottles, keeping the marijuana industry safe has been our priority since day one. We want to share five great tips for help others!
1. Use Child-Resistant Packaging: We child-proof our homes, our locks, our pharmaceuticals, our drawers…child-proofing our marijuana should be a no-brainer. While most states require all dispensaries to sell marijuana in child-resistant vials, at this point not all do. As a consumer, take it upon yourself to buy child resistant packaging for all of your marijuana products, including edibles. There are currently 279 different kinds of edibles on the market ranging from pizza sauce to salad dressing. Kids don’t know the difference, so make sure you package them all safely and store them in places that are hard to reach.
2. Invest in/support potency testing for all cannabis products: Currently, the legal marijuana market is unregulated. Cannabis potency varies dramatically. “Look at your sambuca, peanut butter or ibuprofen — there’s a label telling you what’s in it. When you buy cannabis, you have no idea,” says Randall Kruep, CEO of Sage Analytics, who has come out with a testing device to help solve this problem. In order for the marijuana industry to be considered as legitimate as other industries, there needs to be a potency standard for weed. By investing in and supporting potency testing, you are helping to make this a reality.
3. Follow state rules and regulations: Each state has its own rules regarding marijuana. Click here to view what they are and realize that they are constantly changing. For example, new regulations for edibles went into effect in February for Colorado. Stay informed and if you’re confused, reach out to a company in the industry who can help. Kush Bottles, for example, remains up-to-date on all the rules and regulations regarding child resistant packaging. We are happy to help you stay compliant.
4. Lead by example (consume responsibly): If each individual takes it upon his or herself to use cannabis responsibly, the industry as a whole will be a much safer place. Make smart choices and follow the advice of Tripp Keber, head of Dixie Elixirs & Edibles, one of Colorado’s largest edibles manufacturers, who tells customers “Go low. Go slow,” when purchasing and consuming cannabis products.
5. Attend a public education campaign: Colorado, the first state to legalize both recreational and medical marijuana, has made the safety of the industry a top priority. Responsible citizens have taken it upon themselves to launch a seventy-five thousand dollar awareness campaign to educate the public about how to keep the industry safe. They offer informational programs and even have billboards that say, “Some juices and cookies are not meant for kids. Keep ‘adult snacks’ locked up and out of reach.” We’re hopeful that other states will follow their lead and do the same.
If you have any questions or concerns about safety in the marijuana industry or are interested in purchasing child-resistant packaging, visit our website or give us a call. 888.920.5874. We would love to help!