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A look at potential dangers of marijuana candy to kids

Posted at 10:53 PM, Nov 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-04 02:27:40-04

Nevadans will soon know the results of the measure that would legalize recreational marijuana. But opponents of Question 2 are raising concerns about potential dangers of pot candy to children.

Edibles account for 44 percent of the market in Colorado. Many like it because it's difficult to tell if someone is consuming cannabis.

But that appeal has led to problems with children getting sick.

Attorney Rachel O'Bryan is an advocate for the tightest restrictions on edibles. She says part of the problem was putting marijuana visibly on candy like Swedish Fish and gummy bears.

A recent study by JAMA Pediatrics found there were more cases of children exposed to marijuana that were called to Colorado's poison control center.

But Colorado has learned from its mistakes and the laws have changed. Edible marijuana must now come in childproof packaging with clearly marked individual servings indicating the amount of THC -- the active ingredient in pot.

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