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NJ authorities sound alarm over recreational marijuana and edibles traps; “It’s not Woodstock weed”

CRANFORD, NJ — With recreational cannabis now sold in New Jerseyauthorities are once again sounding the alarm about the pot’s potential dangers.

CBS2’s Meg Baker explains some of the pitfalls recreational marijuana users might face.

New Jersey Poison Control issues a strong warning: if you have edibles at home, lock them up.

For the fourth year in a row, the call center received more calls about children who accidentally consumed cannabis edibles. More than 150 children had to be treated last year.

Kevin Sabet of Safe Approaches to Marijuana says packaging is a problem.

“They allow these edibles, these lollipops, these ice creams, these candies, these chips, things that look like the regular product, and actually … 90% THC concentrates and these really high levels of weed, because this is not Woodstock weed. Woodstock weed with five or six percent,” Sabet said.

Cranford Police Chief Ryan Greco said he saw it with his own eyes.

“We’ve even had cases in our city where it looks like Cocoa Puffs,” Greco said.

With greater access to marijuana, children may be exposed. Greco said now is the time for parents to have a candid conversation with children of all ages.

“Make sure if they eat something, it’s from a wrapper that they recognize as that wrapper, whether it’s a gummy bear or a Sour Patch Kid or whatever,” Greco said.

According to Poison Control, high levels of THC are not only harmful for young people, but can also lead to unwanted physical and mental side effects for adults.

“It will inevitably increase ER admissions and hospital admissions because people are ingesting very high levels of THC that they are not used to,” Sabet said.

Chief Greco said he expects and is ready to deal with more impaired driver cases.

“It’s a major problem. So normally we would be able to bring in a person, put them on an alcohol testing machine, get immediate results. Now we would have to physically sample a certain type blood or urine sample and send it to the It could start to increase in lab work as well,” Greco said.