Just because marijuana has been legalized, doesn’t mean it is now a harmless toy. It’s still a drug, and needs to be regulated as thoroughly as any other legal medication that enters the human body.
First, its growth and production must be controlled in sanitary, protected indoor facilities. This means that any marijuana grown outdoors in an unlicensed, uncontrolled environment must be considered unsafe, contaminated, and be destroyed.
Second, the processing of harvested marijuana into forms that enter the human body must also be regulated. Every batch must be tested for arsenic, lead, and rat poison. Laws must make it illegal to produce and sell marijuana to be smoked, since all firsthand and secondhand smoke from any source is poisonous. All smoke inhalation contains at least carbon monoxide and solid particulates, and is potentially fatal even to adults. It is especially dangerous when children are exposed to secondhand marijuana smoke.
Laws must be enforced forbidding marijuana in any food products. Drugged food is likely to be fatal even to some adults; and certainly would be fatal if accessed by children.
Marijuana must be processed only into forms that could not be mistakenly ingested by the wrong persons. It must be labeled and identified in all legal forms, including unflavored pills, tablets, oral drops, eye drops, topical ointments, etc.
Licensees and products must be heavily taxed to cover the expense of training and hiring enough regulators and inspectors to keep the public at least as safe as we are from tobacco and alcohol abuse.
Joy K. Rasch