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Cannabis in homes with children: use and storage practices in a legalised state
  1. Ashley Brooks-Russell1,
  2. Katelyn Hall2,
  3. Anne Peterson2,
  4. Janessa Graves3,
  5. Mike Van Dyke2
  1. 1 Colorado School of Public Health, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora, Colorado, USA
  2. 2 Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Denver, Colorado, USA
  3. 3 College of Nursing, Washington State University, Spokane, Washington, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Ashley Brooks-Russell, Community and Behavioral Health, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora, CO 80045, USA; Ashley.Brooks-Russell{at}


Our objective was to examine the prevalence of cannabis in homes with children and temporal trends in storage practices among caregivers. Caregivers of children ages 1–14 in Colorado, identified through a representative population-based telephone survey, participated in a repeated telephone survey from 2014 to 2017. Representing 79 805 households in Colorado with children, 8.6% (95% CI 7.3 to 10.0) of caregivers reported cannabis in the home. From 2014 to 2017, the prevalence of reporting cannabis in the home increased significantly from 6.9% to 11.2% (p=0.02). Among caregivers who reported cannabis in the home, 91.4% reported storage locations inaccessible to children, such as ‘out of reach’. Fewer, 67.0%, caregivers reported storage in a locked container, such as a cabinet, drawer or safe. In a state with recreational cannabis, an increasing number of children live in homes where cannabis is present. Public health practitioners should promote messages to caregivers about safe cannabis storage practices.

  • marijuana
  • cannabis
  • cannabis diversion
  • unintentional ingestion
  • legalized cannabis

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  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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