SneakGuard™ Designed to Protect Children From Accidental Cannabis Ingestion Interview with:
Graeme Gordon CEO and Founder at SneakGuard - Home of Safe Responsible StorageGraeme Gordon
CEO and Founder at SneakGuard – Home of Safe Responsible Storage What is the background for SneakGuard™?

Response: SneakGuard™ creator and founder, Graeme Gordon recognized the urgent need to keep adventurous young snoopers from unintentionally ingesting cannabis. Founded in 2014, SneakGuard™ is a locking, vacuum and thermally insulated container that provides responsible storage of medications and cannabis, with the passion to protect, save and enhance everyday quality of life. Gordon explains “As a father of a 8 year old I understand how pressing it is for adults to protect children, teens, and even pets from unintended ingestion, so I created a unique storage unit to provide a solution.” What is the risk to children of accidental exposure to cannabis?

Response: The journal JAMA Pediatrics released a study this month that shows in Colorado that rates of cannabis exposure in young children, most of which are toddlers, showed an increase of 150% since 2014, when indecently recreational cannabis was legalized and a variety of new products were being sold including cannabis infused candy and confections. Even to the trained eye there is no significant difference in the appearance of infused products, so for children who can’t read labels edibles pose a very big threat. A significant number of the reported cases involved children who were just two years of age and the majority of the poisoning occurred in the home.

When young children ingest edibles (responsible for 52% of the exposures in the Colorado study) they can exhibit symptoms such as agitation, lethargy, vomiting and loss of balance. Parents usually get very concerned and often will seek help from a hospital and calling a poison center. As reported in the study several children were admitted into intensive care and required intubation. How convenient/easy to use/difficult to defeat is the SneakGuard™ system?

Response: SneakGuard™ goes above and beyond responsible storage. Ergonomically designed this container is simple and intuitive to use. The sturdy canister is secured by a built in four-digit combination lock that along with the use of a patented dual vacuum seal secures the top to the base. A proprietary air evacuation system and double insulated storage environment eliminates unwanted odors by pumping air out and locking freshness into the container. SneakGuard becomes airtight when a user pumps the top of the device with the palm of the hand. The easy to view pressure indicator notifies the user when to stop pumping. The top of the lid has a comfortable grip surface and is easy to open for adult hands. The 1.5L container is BPA free, meeting the FDA food safety requirements. The SneakGuard’s completely opaque brushed stainless steel base surface protects contents from harmful light and snooping eyes. Its portable size and sturdy locking mechanism provides peace-of-mind that its contents are stored securely.

Young children and teens cannot pry off the top without obtrusively damaging the container and making it evident that tampering had occurred. What should readers take away from your report?

Response: Retail cannabis exit packaging (the packaging cannabis is sold in at the dispensary) and warning labels are a good start, but the conversation must include and affect change at the household level, where the danger for unintended ingestion is highest. Cannabis packaging may be child safe at the store when it’s purchased, but it is not necessarily child proof once it’s opened in the home. SneakGuard™ delivers an all-in-one smart, fresh and secure cannabis storage solution. Thank you for your contribution to the community.


JAMA Pediatrics reference: Wang G, Le Lait M, Deakyne SJ, Bronstein AC, Bajaj L, Roosevelt G. Unintentional Pediatric Exposures to Marijuana in Colorado, 2009-2015. JAMA Pediatr. Published online July 25, 2016. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2016.0971.

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Last Updated on July 28, 2016 by Marie Benz MD FAAD