Free lockable cannabis bags are now available to area residents.
The bags are similar to bank deposit pouches and are intended to keep marijuana products safe and out of the reach and sight of children.
The bags may contain edibles and cannabis leaves. How much they hold varies on the products.
“Keep it out of reach, out of sight, properly labeled and tightly closed. We hope that community members will do their part. We want to focus on safe storage and responsible use to protect children and adolescents from accidental ingestion, ”said“ Secure Your Cannabis ”campaign organizers, Monroe County Department of Health and the Monroe County Drug Addiction Coalition.
Bags can be picked up from 8:15 am to 5:00 pm weekdays through August 20 at the Monroe County Health Department, 2353 S. Custer Rd.
Bags are available on a first come, first served basis. There is a limit of one per household.
The bags were funded by a grant.
The Monroe County Department of Health recently received a Medical Marijuana Operation and Monitoring grant from the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs to launch the “Secure Your Cannabis” campaign. The grant will also fund other community education efforts.
Jamie Dean of the Monroe County Department of Health oversees the grant. Vicky Loveland is the coordinator of the Monroe County Substance Abuse Coalition.
So far, bags have been distributed at local events, but the distribution is expanding.
“The bags were distributed at various community events. There were 105 bags with the safety messages delivered to Lume Cannabis Co. in Petersburg. But the launch of this special campaign will allow more to be distributed through local businesses, agencies and family home visiting programs, ”said Loveland and Dean.
For more information on the “Secure Your Cannabis” campaign, contact Loveland at 242-1331 or visit unitedwaymlc.org/substance-abuse.
To learn more about bags of cannabis, call 240-7800.
Information in each bag
A flyer inside the bag gives facts about kids and marijuana:
- Children cannot tell when foods or drinks contain HRT. You can protect them from accidental ingestion.
- The natural is not always without danger. The same goes for cannabis, which affects a child’s brain differently than an adult’s.
- Using cannabis products while a child is a minor can interfere with complex brain chemistry and impact children’s learning experiences.
- It is best to consume cannabis out of the sight of young people. Children learn by watching the adults they admire.