The Barry-Eaton District Health Department (BEDHD) encourages marijuana users to do so safely.
This year, BEDHD received funding from Michigan Licensing and Regulation Affairs (LARA) to launch a harm reduction campaign called Weed Facts, which focuses on 7 facts relating to marijuana, with the ultimate goal of encouraging safety before and during marijuana use. These facts are:
- Keep marijuana locked up and away from kids
- Marijuana hinders brain development in adolescents
- Driving high is illegal and is considered as DUI
- Marijuana is only legal if you’re 21 or have a prescription
- Marijuana in pregnancy or breastfeeding can harm the baby
- Most teens don’t use marijuana – 1 in 14 teens say they used in the past month
- Marijuana can be addictive – especially if you start using as a teen
As part of the campaign, BEDHD is providing lock boxes free of charge to encourage safe storage of marijuana products. Individuals interested in picking up a lock box can visit either the Hastings or Charlotte Environmental Health or Clinic offices. BEDHD will not be collecting information from those who take a lock box, but ask that only 1 is taken per household.