For the second year in a row, the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency has received a state grant for the purchase of lock boxes to provide to the community at no charge.
The boxes will ensure marijuana is locked up around kids and teens.
To kick off the Lock It Up campaign, the agency ordered 900 boxes to provide to residents of 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 a printed insert with a few points on why it is important to lock up their marijuana.
Rebecca Burns, health officer of the tri-county department, said Branch, Hillsdale and St. Joseph county residents hold a combined total of 1,539 medical marijuana licenses.
More information about the lock boxes is available from the agency through its website: BHSJ.org.