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by Charity Marchandt
The world would be a much safer place if childproof containers worked as hard as kids do when they’re exploring around the house. Opaque child safety containers are strictly required by Oregon Law for cannabis dispensaries to stay compliant, but even the most opaque material won’t keep curious children from seeking out the bottles. Here are some simple, cost-effective ideas that are “outside the container” to consistently ensure kids, both big and small, don’t get their hands on the contents.
Establish boundaries. Everyone in the household, including parents, needs to know that their space will be respected. That means bedrooms and personal property will be treated with privacy and courtesy. The bottom line should be no invading and no going through stuff that belongs to someone else. Loving boundaries are fundamental.
Consider cleanliness as doing your fair share. Picking up smoking tools and putting the cannabis away after enjoyment reduces the accessibility factor. Even if there is a good chance that 30 minutes later it’ll be out again, pack it up until next time.
Personalize security. Putting product and related tools up high, out of practical reach, is a simple answer when toddlers are in the house. But depending on the height of the shelf or closet, it might fail to stay out of sight of older kids. Visibility is a personal choice and if using cannabis is something that needs to be kept on the down low, there are lots of inexpensive, smart options besides off-site storage and the sock drawer. Consider:
Talk with your Kids. It bears repeating. Educating older kids will help them make the right decisions. When to have that talk will depend upon your unique relationship dynamic.
Charity Marchandt is a working multi-media artist residing in the Portland metropolis. www.themarchandt.com.