As Oregon voters ponder the question of whether to legalize recreational marijuana, law enforcement officials in several other states are contending with the threat, or perceived threat, of marijuana-laced candy.
In Maryland, Prince George’s County police were warning parents that police had seized several boxes of candy infused with marijuana. Lt. Bill Alexander said Friday that all of the candy was labeled as having THC and had come from the West Coast and Colorado. He said there was no evidence that the candy was to be passed out to children on Friday for Halloween.
According to The AP story: “The candy included taffy and chocolate bars, and had about 100 milligrams of THC. It also included warning labels urging consumers not to eat it all in one sitting.”
In Colorado, a Denver-based testing company offered 1,000 free kits to parents wanting to screen their trick-or-treaters’ haul for marijuana’s psychoactive chemical, according to The Associated Press. However, only 45 parents took CB Scientific up on the offer as of Friday, The AP reported.
According to The AP:
“There have been no reported cases of people slipping marijuana to unsuspecting trick-or-treaters, in Colorado or in any state. But the popularity of pot candies in the new retail market in Colorado prompted warnings this fall from police in Denver, Fort Collins and Pueblo.
“As of Halloween morning, Denver Police and the Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center reported no calls about marijuana in Halloween candy.”
In Hawaii, Kauai police were warning parents about marijuana-laced Halloween candy and advising them to inspect all candy as a precaution, The AP reported. Chief Darryl Perry said the department felt it necessary to issue the warning because marijuana-coated candy is gaining popularity in states where marijuana is legal.
Marijuana is not legal in Hawaii.