Being a parent is one of the toughest jobs in the world; there are a thousand different ways to screw it up, and sometimes you go to jail if you do. For a parent that enjoys cannabis, it can be even harder. Not only do you have to deal with the condescension of prohibitionist parents, but you also have to keep the kids out of your stash, which can be a daunting task.
In Washington, there has been an uptick of what the Washington Poison Center calls “Marijuana Exposures,” which is defined as “any situation where an adult or child suffers an adverse reaction to the consumption of marijuana.” According to Reuters, in the first nine months of 2014 there have been more than 210 reports of “Marijuana Exposure,” surpassing statistics from 2013.
Many of these incidents have involved children, and there is a growing demand for child-safe containers. To help fill this niche, several brands have emerged hoping to capitalize on the ever expanding demand for child-proof cannabis containers.
One such company that is looking to provide safe containers for concerned parents is Kush Bottles. Founded in 2010, Kush Bottles is in over 500+ locations on the West Coast and aims to market to both customers and distributors.
Their child-proof containers come in a rainbow of colors and are shaped to fit all of your cannabis needs. They have containers for foliage, joints, oils and even dabbing wax. Every container sold is approved by the FDA and meets the standards of the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Recently Kush Bottles’ CEO and Co-Founder Nicholas Kovacevich commented on the rise of marijuana exposures in Washington in a press release. “We are happy to work with all producers, processors, and retail and medical shops to help them reduce their exposure to marijuana poisoning incidents,” Kovacevich said. Bad press for some means big business for others.
Kush Bottles are not the only child-safe cannabis container on the market. Online company e-Bottles offers child-safe containers that look similar to Kush Bottles, although they don’t come in as many colors.
What makes e-Bottles interesting is that they are not exclusively a cannabis container company, but rather a general bottle provider. You don’t have to be exclusively in the cannabis industry to make money off of it; sometimes you just need to know your niche.
Another child-safe container company worth mentioning is the Colorado-based High Supply. Boasting packages certified by the American Society for Testing Materials. High Supply offers blank child-safe containers, giving distributors an opportunity to brand their cannabis.
While Kush Bottles is more geared towards the end user, it seems as if High Supply is aiming at cannabis providers for patronage. Who says a product needs to have one kind of consumer?
There’s an old political adage that says, “never let a serious crisis go to waste,” and that applies to business as well. As calloused as that may seem, an entrepreneur’s job is to provide a solution to a problem; it is just that sometimes the problem is more apparent than others.
If you are an investor, it may seem sexy to pursue dispensaries and grow operations, but that market is likely already flooded. There is a lot of money to be made in ancillary businesses like providing child-proof containers.