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.
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Jerry is the founder and president of Family Council. He began Family Council in 1989 after a successful effort to amend the Arkansas Constitution to prevent the use of public funds for abortions. He and his wife reside in Little Rock. They have four sons.