Plan to Prevent Marijuana Edible Overdoses, Colorado Experts Advise Other States

Unintentional poisonings from marijuana edibles, particularly in children, are an unintended consequence of recreational marijuana legalization in Colorado, two experts say.

States considering legalizing recreational marijuana should carefully consider lessons learned in Colorado when making their own rules regarding edibles packaging and serving sizes, according to Tista Ghosh, MD, Deputy Chief Medical Officer of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

“In the past two years, we have seen an increase in poison control center calls and emergency department visits related to children under age 9 who consumed marijuana edibles,” Dr. Ghosh said. In November 2012, Colorado, along with Washington state, legalized the recreational use of marijuana for adults 21 and older.

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