31 Mar Police Warn Parents About ‘Weed Candy’ in Schools
In November 2012, Washington and Colorado voted to make recreational use of marijuana legal for those 21 and older. Another 16 states have passed measures that provide some level of decriminalization for marijuana, often through medical use clauses. When marijuana is readily available to adults, many worry about the drug becoming more accessible to kids. Now, police are warning that marijuana is being disguised in kid-friendly candy.
“Weed candy” is soda, a chocolate bar or other sweet food that has been laced with marijuana. While marijuana is the known mind-altering substance, the other substances drug dealers stir into their recipes is unknown.
Weed candy and weed soda are packaged to look like commercially produced sweets and given names that play off of well-known brands. There’s Munchy Way, Green Gummies, Buddah Finger and Pot Tarts. Marijuana is also being added to candies that resemble Jolly Ranchers, Oreos and Hershey bars. Root beer and other sodas are likewise being spiked.
Weed candy and sodas have been found mostly in major metropolitan areas, but, because the drug-infused treat is so easy to make, authorities fear it will quickly spread to more remote regions of the country. Police have been warning parents in places like San Francisco, Miami, Washington, D.C., and Detroit to be on the alert for weed candy. Parents are being advised to examine the candy wrappers and soda bottles their children bring home from school and monitor what they are watching on YouTube. Videos are readily available there that teach kids how to make the mock candies. Also, if the candy is in a plastic sandwich bag, that could be a sign that it’s a drug.
Typically, the recipes tell kids to grind the marijuana into a fine powder and mix it with vegetable oil that is stirred into corn syrup and sugar. Ingredients in the kitchen cupboard are enough to bake up a dangerous snack. One can only imagine what would happen if a special needs child unknowingly ingested drug-laced candy or soda.
Parents once relied on their ability to detect the distinctive smell of marijuana smoke. Today, dealers have taken it up a notch, from marijuana brownies to drug-laced candies and soft drinks. Parents need to be aware and make their kids aware of the potential danger.
Signs that your child may have ingested weed candy include slow-motor movement, slurred speech, increase in appetite and lack of productivity.
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