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Despite Paranoia No Children Were Taken To Hospital With Marijuana Poisoning In Denver

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In the weeks leading up to Halloween, Denver police warned the public about the potential danger for pot-laced candy being slipped to trick-or-treaters.

Opponents of the pot brought this fear to a fevered pitch after the Denver Police released a video showing there are very little differences between regular candy and the fun kind.

Here is the PSA:

Proponents of legalized marijuana criticized the public service announcement as baseless paranoia and cited that dispensary candy is labeled and heavily packaged in child-proof wrapping.

Not to mention there is no indication marijuana could harm a child in any long-term way after a single use; many children use marijuana products for various illnesses.

Dr. George Sam Wang, a medical toxicology fellow at the Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center in Denver, says of accidental marijuana poisoning:

Children recover quickly in most cases. They dont need more than a day or two of hospitalization. There were no deaths or lasting side effects.

The total number of children poisoned with marijuana candy and brought to the hospital in Denver? Zero.

The total number of calls to the CO police over questionable candy? Zero.

A Denver testing company made drug testing kits available to the public so that parents could test any questionable candy for THC and of the 1,000 free kits offered, only 45 parents took the offer, showing that very few parents were even concerned.

Candy-checking by parents is a long tradition in this country, so while the warning may be fair, stranger poisonings and the razor blade urban legend are relatively rare.

Its much more prudent to dress your child in reflective gear and glowsticks so they can be seen by motorists.

According to The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:

Halloween is consistently one of the top three days for pedestrian injuries and fatalities because of the increased number of young people out trick-or-treating and partygoers who could be impaired behind the wheel. In 2012, almost half of all Halloween crash deaths involved a drunk driver, compared with 31% on an average day that year. And 28% of Halloween crash deaths were pedestrians, compared with 14% on an average day. In 2012, almost half of all Halloween crash deaths involved a drunk driver, compared with 31% on an average day that year. And 28% of Halloween crash deaths were pedestrians, compared with 14% on an average day.

This is not to say precautions shouldnt be in place. Those who use pot-laced candy products should always keep them away from children because there are several cases of children getting into adult stashes. But, fears about evil stoners poisoning unsuspecting trick-or-treaters with the pot continues to remain a hypothetical situation instead of a reality; while drunk motorists and shooters continue to be the consistent, quiet killers of children.

H/T: USA Today Photo: Reefer Madness (Screenshot)

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  • durand cornish

    an activist for who? drug-users?

    • Jenna Duffy

      Sometimes yes, because I dont demonize people with drug issues and fight for them to get the real help they need instead of throwing them into prison for profit.

  • durand cornish

    You come across as slightly moronic, since most of the drug-users only wish to continue to use, and only want ways of using dope without any penalty, nor restriction.

    • Jenna Duffy

      Well, there are some restrictions on marijuana use even in states where its legal, because its a quasi-legal substance like alcohol. So the fact that you think marijuana users are pushing for zero penalty/no restriction makes you sound moronic.

      I think that the little experiment of harsh penalty and over-restriction has failed.

      Its also completely unfair to say drug users want to use for the rest of their lives because I know plenty of recovering addicts.

      • durand cornish

        you support drug-use. Therefore, youre an asshole

  • durand cornish

    Your support of any/all drug use by TRASH supports my view. Thanks for clarifying it. The users do want as i stated. Maybe you should pull your head of your behind before writing pro-drug-use drivel.

    • Jenna Duffy

      Never said that, but I doubt it makes a difference. Those pot users didnt hurt anybody. Not a soul. Never forget that.

      • durand cornish

        YOU never forget to blow me, drug use supporter

  • durand cornish

    Really? No loss in perception abilities, such as depth/distance/speed? Thats not evidenced in auto accidents involving THC in the bloodstream/urine. Maybe gathering ALL facts, not those that you like might help.

    • Mark Bradford

      You need to chill out and have another beer, Durand.

      • durand cornish

        And whos excited? YOURE the one acting out with comments, which means my truth upsets you enough to do so. I LOVE catching dope-users at their own game, such as YOU, since they are disabled, as a lot of them claim.

      • durand cornish

        you need to blow me

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