How do I store it safely?
Sometimes it’s hard even for adults to see when edible treats include THC. That’s why cannabis-infused products can be dangerous for those who may think it’s regular food or candy.
When you store your cannabis safely, you’re keeping everyone—kids, other adults, and pets—out of risk. You can protect them from things like accidental ingestions and poisonings, reports of which have increased since the legalization of retail cannabis.
378 cannabis exposures were reported to the Washington Poison Center in 2017, up from 291 reported exposures in 2016. And more than double the calls the Washington Poison Center received in 2013.
There are some things that you can do to prevent accidental ingestion and poisoning.
Out of reach
Keep your cannabis locked away where small children and teens can’t get to it.
Keep in mind that—like alcohol—teens may search for cannabis products at home. Locking it up is an effective way to prevent teen use.
Out of sight
While you can’t use it in public, it’s best to consume cannabis where young people can’t see. Kids learn by watching the adults in their lives.
Prevent confusion by keeping the “Not for Kids” warning labels on products.
Sealed up tight
Store your cannabis in its original retail package or container.
Because pets might
Keep your cannabis away from curious pets.
If your child accidentally ingests a cannabis-infused product, contact the Washington Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222. If the symptoms are severe, call 911 or go to an emergency room.