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Medical marijuana might put kids at risk, study says

Drug-laced food put children in ER after Colorado OK’d use

A warning to parents and health care providers in Massachusetts from a poison control specialist in Colorado: As the use of medical marijuana becomes more prevalent, so too do reports of young children inadvertently ingesting the drug and ending up in the hospital.

When the number of people approved to purchase marijuana for medical use increased sharply in Colorado in 2009 officials witnessed a jump in the number of calls to poison control centers about children inadvertently eating marijuana-laced products, such as brownies, cookies, and candies, according to a study published online Monday by JAMA Pediatrics.

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