California bill aims to address child-friendly cannabis packaging

California bill aims to address child-friendly cannabis packaging

Business

In response to a growing number of incidents involving children being exposed to cannabis, Assembly Member Jacqui Irwin has introduced Assembly Bill 1207 in the California State Assembly. The bill aims to prevent cannabis product packaging from being appealing to children.

Across California and the United States, there has been a surge in cases where children have been rushed to emergency departments due to accidental ingestion or overconsumption of psychoactive cannabis products. These products often mimic popular candy, soda, or snack brands that children are fond of.

The proposed legislation is a response to the increased instances of children being exposed to cannabis since the passing of Proposition 64. Assembly Member Irwin emphasises that attractive features on cannabis packaging specifically target children, leading to unintentional consumption.

Assembly Bill 1207 seeks to address this issue by prohibiting the use of packaging elements that could be enticing to children. Vibrant colours, cartoon characters, and other attractive designs commonly used on child-friendly packaging would be curbed under this bill. By doing so, the aim is to reduce the risk of accidental consumption and subsequent need for poison control treatment.

Not only would the bill protect children from unintentional cannabis exposure, but it would also mitigate the potential for exposure among their peers. When children accidentally consume cannabis, their elementary and middle school peers may also be inadvertently exposed.

CBD Edible Gummies credit Lindsay Fox CC BY 20
CBD Edible Gummies © Lindsay Fox (CC BY 2.0)

Passing Assembly Bill 1207 would play a crucial role in ensuring the safety and well-being of children in California. By minimising the appeal of cannabis packaging to children, the bill aims to decrease the harm caused by accidental ingestion and lower the risk of exposure to their peers.

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