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Health Impact Assessments

Preventing Unintentional Ingestion of Marijuana by Children: A Health Impact Assessment of Packaging Regulations in Retail Marijuana Establishments in Colorado

August 2013

To inform the state of Colorado's development of regulations for retail marijuana, PIPER faculty member Greg Tung, PhD, and the Children's Health Advocacy Institute at Children's Hospital Colorado have collaborated on a Health Impact Assessment which examined the issue of unintentional ingestion of marijuana by children. The HIA made the following recommendations:

  1. All retail marijuana and marijuana products should leave retail establishments in child-resistant packaging as defined by ASTM International and the Poison Prevention Packaging Act of 1970 (PPPA)
  2. All child-resistant packaging should be opaque
  3. All child-resistant packaging should be re-closeable
  4. Allowances should be made to re-use appropriate child-resistant packages

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