Why is it that every time safety comes up, many legal cannabis supporters become defensive with some of the following worn out comments?
- Pot never killed.
- The number of unintended ingestion incidents are insignificant.
- Household cleaners are more dangerous.
- It’s just weed.
This is not about legal or illegal, lethal or non-lethal; it’s about safety, regardless if alcohol, opioids, or household bleach. Yes, it’s a free country, and yes the government is not forcing you to store your cannabis under lock and key, but it’s up to us to educate and keep children safe from everything that can possible affect them, regardless of severity, incidence, mental or physical.
As parents and caregivers it’s up to us to be responsible for our youth, being a proponent of safety does not make a person anti-cannabis, or for that matter anti-alcohol or anti-household bleach.
As a responsible parent, I make sure household cleaners, booze and more are properly secured, and cannabis should be treated with the same care
With that said, storing cannabis in a secure container is simply a matter of best practice. I have seen toddlers open push and twist medication bottles with my own eyes, if they can open those, they can likely open anything without a lock.
There are many documented cases of unintended ingestion, and as a parent myself, it’s shortsighted to dismiss any case of unintended ingestion as a non-event simply because the child does not die. Responsible parenting and getting stoned are not mutually exclusive.