The Connecticut Department of Children and Families says there has been an increase in children who accidentally use cannabis since the drug was legalized in Connecticut earlier this month, just 22 days ago.
According to the DCF, there have been five cases of children using some type of cannabis product since July 1. All of these kids will be fine, but it was alarming enough to prompt the agency to issue a new PPE.
The PSA talks about the importance of safely storing cannabis products, especially those like gums and candy bars that look like something a child might want to eat.
DCF’s Vannessa Dorantes said this was a message they wanted to get across as soon as possible.
“Children are fast. It was important to us to get a message across that goes beyond whether a substance is legal or not. We have had a number of feeding situations where children were quickly given what they thought was candy or something they could achieve. ”She explained.
“We went into this situation and where we are right now with open eyes. With the legalization of cannabis in particular, we had contact with other jurisdictions that were further ahead of us. We had to turn our attention to that, “she added.
Bottom line – just like locking up guns or putting your booze on the top cabinet, do the same with your cannabis. Keep it out of the reach of children and pets.