Free locking cannabis bags are now available to area residents.
The bags are similar to bank deposit pouches and aim to keep marijuana products secure and out of the reach and sight of children.
Bags can hold edibles and leaf cannabis. How much they hold varies on the products.
“Keep it out of reach, out of sight, labeled right and sealed up tight. We hope community members will do their part. We want to emphasize safe storage and responsible use to keep children and teens safe from accidental ingestion,” said the organizers of the “Secure Your Cannabis” campaign, the Monroe County Health Department and the Monroe County Substance Abuse Coalition.
Bags can be picked up from 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays through Aug. 20 at the Monroe County Health Department, 2353 S. Custer Rd.
Bags are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. There is a limit of one per household.
The bags were funded with a grant.
The Monroe County Health Department recently received a Medical Marijuana Operation and Oversight Grant from the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs to start the “Secure Your Cannabis” campaign. The grant also will fund other community education efforts.
Jamie Dean from the Monroe County Health Department oversees the grant. Vicky Loveland is coordinator of the Monroe County Substance Abuse Coalition.
So far, bags have been given out at local events, but distribution is expanding.
“The bags have been distributed at different community events. There have been 105 bags with the safety messaging delivered to Lume Cannabis Co. in Petersburg. But the launch of this special campaign will allow additional ones to be distributed through local businesses, agencies and home visiting programs with families,” said Loveland and Dean.
For more information about the “Secure Your Cannabis” campaign, contact Loveland at 242-1331 or visit unitedwaymlc.org/substance-abuse.
To learn more about the cannabis bags, call 240-7800.
Information in each bag
A flyer inside the bag gives facts about children and marijuana:
- Kids can’t tell when food or drinks contain THS. You can protect them from accidental ingestion.
- Natural isn’t always safe. Same goes for cannabis, which affects a child’s brain differently than an adult’s brain.
- Using cannabis products while underage can interfere with the brain’s complex chemistry and impact children’s learning experiences.
- It’s best to consume cannabis out of sight of young people. Kids learn by watching the adults they admire.