More children are being accidentally exposed to marijuana. According to a new study published in the journal Clinical Pediatrics, in the US, a higher number of children d the age of six are now being exposed to marijuana.
This study, officially released Monday, was conducted by an investigative team at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. The results revealed that between the years of 2006 and 2013 there has been an increase of 147.5 percent in marijuana exposure among children under the age of six. The statistic rose by 610 percent during the same time period in the states where medical marijuana was legalized prior to 2000.
While the report reveals that statistically-speaking the total number of actual reported cases between the years 2000 and 2013 is only 1,969, the research team believes the rapid rise in rate of exposure remains a valid concern. Over 75 percent of the children who were accidentally exposed to cannabis were not yet three years old. They were exposed to marijuana through the ingestion of cookies, brownies and other edibles in contained cannabis.
Gary Smith, senior author of the study and director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital told the press: “Any state considering marijuana legalization needs to include child protection in its laws from the very beginning.”
Henry Spiller, co-author of the new study, agrees that the high number of instances in which marijuana was ingested by young children is the result of the relatively new popularity of marijuana-laced snack foods. He stated: “The high percentage of ingestions may be related to the popularity of marijuana brownies, cookies and other foods.”
Spiller concluded: “Very young children explore their environments by putting items in their mouths, and foods such as brownies and cookies are attractive.” Critics of legal marijuana were not surprised by any of this.
More Children Are Being Exposed To Marijuana