"On October 11th, at about 11 a.m., four students were evaluated by the District's school nurse after they reported feeling ill after consuming a food product that may have contained THC, the controlled ingredient found in marijuana," according to a statement from the Escondido School District. "Emergency responders were called to the school as a precaution, and the students were taken to a hospital for further evaluation."
This years Western State Marijuana Summit will be November 14 and 15th. This free virtual event will host experts in the field discussing marijuana related issues. Topics include youth edible exposures, marijuana and impacts on mental health and a panel discussion from the International Academy on the Science and Impact of Cannabis (IASIC1.og).
We know the sick third graders were taken to the hospital for evaluation, but the school district didn't say anything more about their condition.
“The wide accessibility and commercialization of “edibles” – food products infused with THC – is cause for concern in school communities across the state, including our own," read part of a statement issued by the district Wednesday.
Since cannabis was legalized in 2015, the number of children needing treatment at Rady Children’s Hospital after ingesting it has increased from a handful to hundreds each year. The average age of those patients is 3-and-a-half years old, according to the hospital. The effects of cannabis overconsumption on children can be life-threatening.
This cross-sectional study found that most online marijuana dispensaries lacked adequate age verification features and most accepted nontraceable payment methods, enabling youth to hide their transactions. Almost 1 in 5 online dispensaries required no formal age verification at any stage of the purchasing process. Limitations of the study included a small sample size and relatively short period of data collection, as researchers used limited search terms and may have been unaware of how to find additional online dispensaries.
These findings suggest that cannabis-involved traffic injuries have increased over time and that the commercialization of cannabis markets may result in further increases.