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Washington Governor Announces Emergency Rules to Keep Marijuana Away From Kids

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Washington State Governor Jay Inslee this week announced rules designed to keep marijuana out of the hands of children, now that recreational use of the drug is legal for adults 21 and older.

The state will require approval of packaging for edible marijuana products. Cartoons, toy images and other labels that appeal to children will be banned, The New York Times reports.

Last month, lawmakers in Colorado, where retail marijuana stores have already opened, said they were considering stricter regulations for marijuana edibles, in the wake of two deaths connected with the products. Experts warn consuming the edibles can lead to bizarre behavior.

“This is an all-hands-on-deck effort to make sure we keep kids safe,” Governor Inslee said in a news release. “We want every retailer to know that kids are off limits and every parent to know how to talk to kids about why marijuana isn’t safe.” He added, “The initiative legalized marijuana only for adults 21 and over and it is incumbent on everyone — retailers, parents, health professionals and public officials — to do everything possible to keep pot away from kids. If we fail in that, Washington’s regulated, retail market for marijuana may fail, too.”

The first group of marijuana retail stores in Washington is scheduled to open on July 8. The state plans to license 334 stores eventually. The state Department of Health has begun an advertising campaign that advises parents to discourage their children from using marijuana. “The goal is to get parents to talk to their kids now and not wait until retail sales start happening,” said department spokesman Donn Moyer.

1 Response to this article

  1. Ed Moses / June 26, 2014 at 11:01 am

    “Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” How well is controlling alcohol and tobacco from teens working? Number one killer of teens….Alcohol. Check out the number of teen alcoholics. Reports indicate 4,000 new teen smokers a day. How well are they controlling target marketing to teens? Candy flavored cigars, candy flavored spit tobacco, snus, nicotine tooth picks, orbs, tongue strips, etc. Alcohol energy drinks Sparks, Four Loco, Joose, Tilt, B to the E, Alco Pops, 18% Alcohol whip cream, etc. The two legal drugs kill over 500,000 each year, all illegal drugs together around 50,000 according to ONDCP. Marijuana is more brain impairing to specific receptors than alcohol and has more cancer related aspects than tobacco. Please do not bother to tell others what it does not do, every drug does not do something. Accept what each drug does do to hurt and destroy people and society.

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