Safe Storage & Accessibility

Children may confuse marijuana products for regular food or candy, so keep it in the child-resistant packaging from the store. Limiting your child’s access to marijuana is key in preventing a child from accidentally consuming marijuana and deterring use among youth. Rates of hospitalizations and emergency department visits with possible marijuana exposures in children up to 9 years old have shown an increasing trend since the legalization of medical marijuana.1 Help prevent children from accidentally consuming marijuana by storing your marijuana products safely and securely in the home.

How should I store my marijuana?

Avoid use of marijuana around children, in any form, for proper safety. To avoid accidents, all marijuana-containing products should be:
  • Out of sight
  • Out of reach
  • Clearly labeled
  • Stored in a child-resistant container*
  • Kept in a locked cabinet or box
*The Department of Revenue Regulations on Marijuana require all licensed marijuana retailers to use child resistant (for under age 5), not see-through, resealable packaging. Keep your product in its original packaging.

How will I know if a product contains marijuana?

The Department of Revenue requires that all retail marijuana products use this symbol on packaging. Use of this symbol indicates that the product in that package contains retail marijuana or a marijuana concentrate. This symbol can be part of programs to educate children not yet able to read to avoid any package on which this symbol is displayed. Additionally, adults unable to read the ingredient label (i.e. non-English speaking) will be made aware of the presence of retail marijuana or its concentrates in a product displaying this symbol. This symbol is specific to retail marijuana and is not currently mandated for medical marijuana product labels.

If a child eats or drinks marijuana by accident,they may have problems walking or sitting up, have a hard time breathing or start to be sleepy. If you are unsure or your child is acting differently, call the poison control hotline as soon as possible. Calling is free and you will be helped quickly: 1-800-222-1222. If you are worried or your child’s reaction seems bad, call 911 or go to an emergency room right away.