I am Todd Gathje, Director of Government Relations for The Family Foundation, and I’m writing to express opposition to the proposed petition to change 18VAC110-60-220(F,G) regarding the visitors policy to allow minor children to accompany their parent into the dispensing area.
The reasons for not allowing minors into a cannabis dispensary are well documented. For example, children could find and ingest edible products, including any left inadvertently by a dispensary customer or employee. It also contributes to desensitizing more teenagers to cannabis products and leads to increases in marijuana use. Allowing minors into these facilities will only lead to more unhealthy and irresponsible exploratory behavior.
It is insightful that 18VAC110-60-210 provides that states: “A pharmaceutical processor shall sell cannabidiol oil or THC-A oil only in a child-resistant, secure, and light-resistant container. Upon a written request from the registered patient, parent, or legal guardian, the oil may be dispensed in a non-child-resistant container so long as all labeling is maintained with the product.”
Clearly, the fact that cannabidiol oil and other products must be in a container that a child cannot open implies the potential harm this can cause if ingested by a minor. We should maintain a separation of these products from children in all the policies regulating them.
We strongly urge the Board to reject this petition given the potential harm this could have on impressionable and curious children.