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Apr 1, 2013 7:43 PM by Jacqui Heinrich, jheinrich@koaa.com

Edible pot treats pose problem for kids

April is National Child Abuse Awareness Month, and some doctors are pointing to Colorado's lax marijuana laws as potential risks for children.

Doctors at Children's Hospital in Denver are reporting a significant increase in hospital visits due to kids getting their hands on marijuana treats like brownies. Between 2005 and 2009, there were no recorded child pot poisonings at the hospital; in the last two years, there were 14 cases.

Since possession of small amounts of marijuana became legal in Colorado, the El Paso County Department of Human Services reports more people are asking when child pot exposure constitutes child abuse. "It absolutely is a child protection concern if it impacts the child's safety and wellbeing," DHS Child Welfare Manager Karen Logan told News 5.

DHS officials suggest parents treat edible THC products like any other medication, and keep it out of the hands of children; parents may have to go to extra lengths when hiding pot products because they're not packaged in child-proof containers like most prescriptions and over-the-counter medications are.

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