NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — There’s a call for more safety measures for edible cannabis products in New York.
The city health department says they have seen a recent increase in calls to Poison Control for children accidentally ingesting them.READ MORE: Long Island Educators And Lawmakers Sound Alarm About THC-Laced Cookies That Look Like Snack For Kids
In 2018, there were six cases of unintentional pediatric exposure.
That went up to 32 in 2019 and 127 in 2020.READ MORE: Child Psychiatrist Says Parents Should Lead Conversation About Marijuana With Kids After Legalization In New York
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Mayor Bill de Blasio and city health officials said Tuesday, safe storage is key.
“If these are in your home, you’ve got to secure them. You can’t let them be anywhere near your kids,” the mayor said. “Let’s begin with people actually taking some personal responsibility.”MORE NEWS: Long Island Businesses Say They Are Overwhelmed By The New Realities Of Recreational Marijuana
The mayor added that labeling on these products also needs to make clear they can be dangerous to children and packing should not be made to look like candy or anything that would tempt a child.