Barry-Eaton District Health Department Holds Marijuana Lockbox Giveaway Event

June 13, 2024

The Barry-Eaton District Health Department (BEDHD) is holding a drive-through marijuana lockbox giveaway event on Saturday, June 22nd from 11am – 2pm. Residents of Eaton County can drive up to the main door of the BEDHD Charlotte Office – 1033 Health Care Dr. Charlotte, MI 48813 to receive a FREE marijuana lockbox. No information will be collected, no questions will be asked. Note: State of Michigan employees are not eligible to receive a lockbox.

The lockboxes are funded by a grant BEDHD received from the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, Cannabis Regulatory Agency via the Marihuana Operation and Oversight Grants for Counties for Eaton County. The Michigan Medical Marijuana Program (MMMP) is a state registry program within the Cannabis Regulatory Agency. The program administers the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act as approved by Michigan voters in 2008. The Barry County Substance Abuse Task Force (BCSATF) is the recipient of the Marihuana Operation and Oversight Grants for Barry County.

Although medical and recreational marijuana are legal in the state of Michigan, it is important that anyone in the community in possession of marijuana is taking steps to keep these substances locked up in a safe place. Lockboxes offer an option for adults to keep marijuana locked away from children and pets who could suffer adverse health effects due to accidental ingestion. A national study in the journal Pediatrics, found that in 2017, there were just over 200 reported cases of accidental consumption of cannabis edibles by children under six in the U.S. In 2021, the number shot up to 3,054 – an increase of 1,375%. Marijuana lockboxes help reduce the risk of harm to children due to accidental ingestion, and keep our communities safe while supporting the medicinal use of marijuana in Eaton County.

More information about marijuana can be found on the BEDHD website here: Questions about the lockbox giveaway event or the Marihuana Operation and Oversight Grant can be directed to Emily Smale, contact information is below.

The Barry County Substance Abuse Task Force, as the recipient of the Marihuana Operation and Oversight Grants for Barry County, will be distributing lockboxes at an event on June 22nd from 10am-1pm at the Barry County Community Mental Health parking lot located at 500 Barfield Dr. Hastings, MI 49058.