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Safe Storage

Safe cannabis storage helps keep children, pets, and others protected from accidentally consuming cannabis products. Edible cannabis (food or drink products that contain cannabis) can easily be mistaken for regular candy or food and unknowingly eaten. Edible cannabis products such as gummy bears, lollipops, or brownies, are especially appealing to children (PDF).

If your child has ingested cannabis, or if you or someone you know is showing signs that suggest they have used too much cannabis, call the California Poison Control hotline at: at 1-800-222-1222 as soon as possible. The hotline is free, confidential, and available 24/7. In case of emergency, call 9-1-1.

If you think your pet has ingested cannabis, call the Animal Poison Control Center at 1-888-426-4435, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

If there are cannabis products in your home, keep your children and pets safe by following these safety measures:

Keep Locked

Keep cannabis products in a locked, childproof container.

Keep Out of Sight

Keep the container out of sight and out of reach of children and pets.

Use Childproof Packaging

Keep all cannabis products in the original, childproof packaging from the store.


Reseal Package

Reseal the package of cannabis after use.


Dispose Cautiously

Dispose of cannabis products in a way where the products cannot be easily seen or accessed by children or pets.

All cannabis products sold in California must have this symbol on the packaging to alert people that the package contains cannabis. Teach your children not to eat or drink anything with this symbol on the package. This caution image also helps an adult who is  unable to read the ingredients label identify  that the package contains cannabis.

 CA Cannabis Symbol

Other Safety Measures

Do Not Drive Under the Influence
Do not drive while under influence of cannabis. Drug-impaired driving is dangerous and has the same penalties as alcohol-impaired driving.
Do Not Mix With Medications
Always talk with your health care provider about any medications and supplements you are taking or thinking about taking and the possible side effects when mixed with other substances, such as cannabis.
Do Not Mix With Alcohol
Do not mix cannabis with alcohol.

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