The United States Federal Reserve is preventing a potentially helpful product from being made. U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized a Colorado company’s shipments on one of their products that was designed to keep marijuana out of the hands of children.
“CBP took a shipment of 1,000 storage cases en route to Stashlogix of Boulder, Colo. Stashlogix designed the boxes and was importing them to sell to marijuana, tobacco and pharmaceutical consumers stateside. The product was being sold to people who had children and wanted to keep drugs safely locked up and out of reach” (Ingraham, 2017, n.p.).
Marijuana can be used for medical purposes in twenty nine states and is now legal for recreational use in eight states. Still, the drug is considered illegal under federal law, which makes these containers technically “drug paraphernalia.” Higher authority recognizes that the product is only designed to prevent drug use by children but, the law cannot be ignored.
“The case highlights the ever-growing disconnect between permissive state laws and restrictive federal policies on marijuana use. And it underscores how the strict application of decades-old federal drug rules can, at times, increase the risks of marijuana use in places where it’s already legal” (Ingraham, 2017, n.p.).
About three years ago, Colorado opened up the country’s first recreational pot shops. It got the legal marijuana industry into a bit of a predicament because they were selling all different variations of the substance; from chips to candy infused with marijuana. The information eventually made its way to news reports where there was discussions about children accidentally ingesting the marijuana products.
“Surveys indicate that over half of current marijuana users nationwide are parents. But only 11 percent of them actually lock up their pot” (Ingraham, 2017, n.p.). Skip Stone, a former civil engineer and founder of the product, said, “People didn’t have ways to safely store these items out of reach of kids, other than up on shelves or in sock drawers” (Ingraham, 2017, n.p.). As a result, Stone and his business partner created these safety cases and containers in 2014 for the storage and transportation of medicine, marijuana and tobacco.
Stone noted that things were going great with his products and company until he received a customs notice in the mail a few months ago: “This is to officially notify you that Customs and Border Protection seized the property described below at Los Angeles International Airport on April 28, 2017” (Ingraham, 2017, n.p.). The agency confiscated about 1,000 of the storage bags, stating that, “it is unlawful for any person to import drug paraphernalia” (Ingraham, 2017, n.p.).
Stone is now trying to appeal the ruling and is also trying to find a stateside manufacturer for his cases (Ingraham, 2017).
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Ingraham, C. (2017, June 12). The feds are blocking a product aimed at keeping drugs out of kids’ hands. Retrieved June 18, 2017, from https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/06/12/the-feds-are-blocking-a-product-aimed-at-keeping-drugs-out-of-kids-hands/?utm_term=.761bbada46e9