Kids Get Sick From Accidentally Consuming Pot Edibles

New study finds rise in young children eating treats laced with marijuana

  • As pot becomes legal in more places across the United States, a new study found that over the past five years, the number of kids who accidentally ate marijuana-laced treats and candies rose dramatically.
  • Between 2017 and 2021, the nation’s poison control center received reports of more than 7,000 confirmed cases of kids under the age of 6 consuming marijuana edibles, rising from about 200 to more than 3,000 per year.
  • About 25 percent of the children ended up in the hospital, some seriously ill.
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