More and more states are legalizing marijuana for recreational use.  Most recently, our neighbors in New Mexico joined the ever longer list of states.  This has given rise to a lucrative and profitable edibles market.

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There are gummies, brownies, cookies, hard candies, mints, drinks, capsules, dissolvable tablets and more. Recently, the government has issued warnings about the harmful effects to pot infused edibles when accidentally consumed by children.

Poison control centers are warning that the number of  children unintentionally consuming marijuana products is on the rise. Adding to the confusion, many THC food products are made to closely resemble popular brand name candies and snacks.  There is "KeefKat" Bars and "Pot Tarts".

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Children who consume edibles are at a significantly higher risk for severe side effects, which can include difficulty breathing, loss of coordination drowsiness and seizures.  In extreme cases, children have ended up in intensive care.

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Here in Texas, edibles can mean hard prison time.  In Texas, the law considers the weight of the entire product, not just the weight of the actual marijuana contained in the product.  That means, if you make a batch of THC-infused brownies or carry a legal edible product from New Mexico into Texas, and that product weighs a pound, you can be charged with a first-degree felony.

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Possession of more than 400 grams, or just under a pound, of THC concentrates is a first-degree felony punishable by five to 99 years in prison and a maximum fine of $50,000. If you share the product with friends, it can lead to enhanced penalties for drug distribution.

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Knowing the risks, if you decide to bring THC-infused products to San Angelo, and have them in your home with your children, you should take drastic steps to prevent them from ending up in their hands.

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Store them as you would store medications and other toxic products. Never consume marijuana edibles in front of children, either for medical or recreational purposes.  Whatever you do, avoid buying THC edibles that come in packaging that looks like a real candy or other food product.

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Someday, maybe Texas will join other states and legalize the recreational use of marijuana.  Until then, you should definitely know the risks and possible legal jeopardy you could find yourself in, should you be caught in possession in San Angelo. Make sure your children are protected.

 

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