Coldwater, MI – In the spring of 2020, the State of Michigan awarded grant funds to organizations who can help promote safety around medical and recreational marijuana for kids and teens. For the second year in a row, the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency received this grant to purchase lock boxes to provide to the community at no charge, as well as educational materials to ensure marijuana is locked up around kids and teens.

To kick off the Lock It Up campaign, the organization ordered 900 boxes to provide to all three counties – with the goal to be for adults to keep marijuana out of the hands of kids. When a community member receives a box, they also receive a keyed lock and an insert with a few key points on why it is so important to lock up their marijuana.

“We knew this was an important initiative in our communities with Branch, Hillsdale and St. Joseph community members holding a total of 1,539 medical marijuana licenses,” said Rebecca Burns, Health Office of the tri-county health department. “This does not take into account the number of people who use recreational marijuana, which could also be potentially accessible to kids and teens.”
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