The Washington State Poison Center’s latest Annual Toxic Trend Report shows marijuana legalization in 2016 has led to massive increases in exposure to the drug among youth.
In 2017, there were 378 marijuana exposures reported to the Washington State Poison Center. That’s an all-time high.
This tracks with experiences in other states over the past few years.
In 2015 the Associated Press reported marijuana-related calls to Poison Control had jumped by more than half.
In 2016 a study published in the medical journal JAMA Pediatrics found marijuana-related calls to regional poison control centers had increased.
The fact is marijuana is poisoning children and sending them to the E.R. As we keep saying, marijuana may be many things, but harmless simply is not one of them.
Photo By Cannabis Training University (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Authorities in Arkansas are seizing hundreds of pounds of marijuana that was purchased legally in other states.
Since April 21, the Arkansas Highway Patrol has seized nearly 800 pounds of marijuana at a weigh station along I-40 in Alma, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports.
Authorities believe the marijuana was obtained legally in California or Colorado — where recreational marijuana is legal — before being loaded for illegal transport across state lines.
This is a problem we have discussed in the past. So-called “medical” or “recreational” marijuana is easily diverted to the black market or taken across state lines for sale in states where marijuana is still illegal.
In 2012 authorities concluded Colorado’s “medical” marijuana industry spawned an illegal drug trade, and that “medical” marijuana was being sold illegally in nearly half the country.
There simply are not enough safeguards in place to prevent “medical” and recreational marijuana from falling into the wrong hands or being sold illegally on the black market. That’s why Arkansans need to do as much as possible to protect our state from the dangers that marijuana pose.
Photo by the Arkansas Department of Transportation.