Marijuana Candy Concerns Parents, Police in CO on Halloween
the MPR take:
The Denver Police Department is warning parents about the similarities between regular and marijuana-infused candy this Halloween, but is there a threat that children will receive these cannabis candies while trick-or-treating? Since Colorado legalized the sale of recreational marijuana on January 1st of this year, sales of infused foods like chocolates, mints, and gummy candies have accounted for as much as 45% of sales at some marijuana dispensaries. Once unwrapped or taken out of the packaging, it may be difficult to identify this candy from the drug-free kinds sold on retail store shelves. While local hospitals have seen an increase in accidental overdoses from children eating marijuana edibles that they obtained illegally, some critics state that concerns about this candy being distributed to trick-or-treaters is overblown and are scare tactics from those opposed to the state’s legalization of marijuana. State Representative Frank McNulty is currently petitioning for stronger wording on labels and possibly imprinting individual pieces of candy and edibles with a signifier for easy identification. One marijuana dispensary owner advises parents to toss any candy that has packing that appears to be tampered with or is unwrapped – practices that many parents have done for years.
Some Colorado parents are worried their kids might come home with something dangerous after trick-or-treating this Halloween: marijuana-infused candy.