Tips for Parents Who Consume Cannabis

All marijuana products must use the universal symbol on packaging and edible products. Be sure to teach your kids not to eat or drink anything with this symbol.

If your child ingests marijuana, call the free poison control hotline at (800) 222-1222. If the reaction seems serious, call 9-1-1 or go to the emergency room.

Marijuana products can be mistaken for regular food or candy. You can help prevent this by storing your marijuana products safely and securely. Be sure to keep all marijuana products in clearly labeled, child-resistant packaging. Make sure your children cannot see or reach the locked cabinet or box where you keep them.

The way you store marijuana should change as children get older. Safe storage around young children may not stop a curious teenager who might want to try it. Take additional precautions as your kids grow older.

  • Make sure there is another person who can safely care for children.
  • Do not allow smoking in your home or around children. Marijuana smoke is not healthy.
  • Do not get behind the wheel of a car if you are going to consume – or recently consumed – cannabis. Driving a car while high is not safe for the driver or passengers.
  • It is unsafe for babies to sleep in your bed if you are high.

As with alcohol, inform your children that it is against the law to use marijuana until the age of 21. More importantly, let your kids know that their brains continue developing until they are in their mid-20s, and that marijuana can interfere with that. Explain that using marijuana as a child, teen, or young adult can increase the chances that one will become dependent on it.