Kids Sickened By Cannabis-Infused Edibles Soars As Pot Becomes Legal In More States

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  • “When it’s in a candy form or cookies, people don’t think of it in the same way as household chemicals or other things a child could get into,” said Dr. Marit Tweet, a medical toxicologist with the Southern Illinois School of Medicine, who led the study published this week in Pediatrics.
  • The numbers revealed a change from about 200 cases per year in 2017 to more than 3,000 in 2021.
  • About 8 percent of the cases resulted in children being admitted to critical care units typically due to problems with breathing or coma, with more than a third of the children visiting emergency rooms.

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