Advocacy groups and authorities in Colorado’s brave new world of legal pot are advising parents to be “edible aware” this Halloween and carefully inspect their children’s pillowcases and jack-o’-lantern buckets for what they say are the post-legalization equivalent of razor-blade-stuffed apples: Loads and loads of “suspicious-looking candies that might be infused with marijuana,” of course.
Hospitals suggest looking at “every single piece of candy,” which is a good practice to begin with. Elsewhere, the Denver Police Department joined forces with a local dispensary for a PSA earlier this month that warns “there’s really no way for a child or a parent or even an expert in the field to tell you whether a product is infused or not,” so “it’s best just to toss that stuff into the trash.”
Those weed-infused candies do look a lot like Sour Patch Kids.
For those who are losing sleep over this, there’s even a $15 testing kit that apparently detects any traces of THC. The fear is that companies know edibles modeled to look like real candy sell better — and it’s true some have been such dead ringers that Hershey’s sued and got them pulled — so some hapless kid might get a big dose of some English Skunk completely by accident. Critics say that laws, at least for the time being, don’t crack down hard enough on confusingly colorful or otherwise fun-looking packaging. Still, it all does seem a little paranoid. Who drops $14 on a Buddafinger and gives it to a three-foot-tall Frozen character anyway?