Is Regulation the Answer?
There isn’t any research available yet that provides reliable data as to whether or not more regulations reduce pediatric marijuana incidences, but the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) told CNN the problem could be addressed with additional regulations that require stricter and more obvious product labeling and limit the size of edible products to single serving.
On the other hand, Dr. G. Sam Wang, a pediatric toxicologist at the Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora and one of the authors of the 2013 and 2016 studies referenced earlier in this article, told CNN the best way to protect children from marijuana products is education and outreach by ensuring parents know to treat marijuana like any other over-the-counter or prescription drug. That means they should always keep it out of a child’s reach.
At this point, state laws vary as do local government regulations related to marijuana edibles. So far, there isn’t a one-size fits all solution when it comes to the problem of children accidentally ingesting marijuana edibles, but one thing is certain. Considering how much revenue in fees and taxes marijuana edibles bring to states and municipalities, they aren’t going away.