The proliferation of marijuana and its rapid, rising acceptance among the general population caught a lot of people off-guard, especially potheads. Their motor skills really weren’t that good to begin with.
Two states have approved the full legal use of marijuana and 17 have softened or eliminated criminal charges for possessions of small amounts, the latest coming from Vermont’s recent Senate bill that is making its way to the Governor’s desk for his final approval. It seems the only people who aren’t on board are those at the Drug Enforcement Administration because any move to soften or back down on marijuana prosecutions would basically be an admission their war on drugs is the biggest failure in the history of modern warfare since Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace.
Of course, there are serious concerns about making pot more readily available and easier to buy. In fact, according to National Public Radio, some doctors in Colorado found a slight rise in cases of young kids who showed up at emergency rooms suffering from “pretty severe symptoms from consuming marijuana” such as extreme lethargy and difficulty breathing.
Dr. George Sam Wang of Colorado’s Children’s Hospital wrote in this week’s JAMA Pediatrics that since Colorado softened its marijuana laws in 2009, his hospital treated 14 kids younger than 12 for marijuana consumption and seven of those cases involved kids who had eaten a pot-infused food. Even though pot may not be considered as dangerous for adults, its rising potency can present serious problems to young children. In fact, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signed a bill that requires dispensaries to sell their brownies, cookies and other marijuana foods in child-resistant packaging. So it’s really a win-win for everyone. Not only will the kids stay safe while society enjoys pot, we’ll also be treated to hours of endless amusement as easily confused stoners struggle to open their THC-infused Rice Krispie Treat.
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