POT POISONINGS AND LEGALIZATION VIOLATIONS IN WASHINGTON STATE
Which will destroy Washington faster, cannabis or earthquakes? Legalization violations run rampant, as the Washington Poison Control reported 378 cases of toxic exposure to marijuana in 2017. Last week, the Washington Liquor and Cannabis Board announcedannounced rules to end the production of cannabis-infused gummy bears and candies that appeal to children. On October 12, the regulators reversed their decision because of fierce opposition from the marijuana industry.
Once again, the cannabis industry proves that it is hostile to all attempts at honest and sensible regulation. In 2016, the cannabis industry bought off a ballot designed to cap the potency of marijuana sold in Colorado dispensaries to 16% THC.
Since Washington opened commercial marijuana stores in July 2014, the rate of children’s poisonings quadrupled. Among smallest children, the 0-5 year age group, there were 82 exposures last year compared to 52 in 2016 and 52 in 2015. This rate compares to 20 poisonings in 2012, the year Washingtonians voted to legalize pot.
Legalization violations happen frequently in Washington State, even if they don’t make national news. Unlike other states, Washington doesn’t allow home grows. Yet the black market and the aftermath of legalization in Washington is daunting. Here’s some examples: