NJ Officials' Warning About MJ-Infused Halloween Candy Backfires

By Victoria Kim 10/31/17

“No one who spent their good money on good weed is ever going to pass it off to kids for free…that’s just illogical.”

Kids trick-or-treating
"We heard there's free weed here."

A recent PSA from the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office didn’t stand the test of time, with its somber warning to parents about cannabis-infused candy, which legalization advocates and the entire Twitterverse consider outdated.

Last week the AG’s Twitter account posted a warning about accidentally ingesting cannabis-infused sweets that a trick-or-treater may get from their Halloween haul. 

“Parents: Check Halloween candy for marijuana infused candy,” reads the message, accompanied by a pamphlet detailing one incident in Ramapo, New York, where a 10-year-old boy reportedly ended up in the ER after consuming sour gummy candy infused with THC this past May.

The pamphlet urges parents to look out for “unusual candy packaging,” due to a “significant presence of marijuana candy and other edible forms in New Jersey and nearby states.” 

Parents are instructed to handle the candy with “vinyl or non-latex gloves” and to wash their hands thoroughly after coming in contact with the edibles. Then, call the police. 

But the Associated Press reports that the Twitter warning has come under fire from cannabis legalization advocates like Evan Nison, executive director of New Jersey’s NORML chapter, who say this is merely a renewed version of Halloween urban myths like “razor blades in the apples.” 

“Cannabis consumers are not looking to dose children with cannabis,” says Nison. “That is not something that I’ve ever heard of anybody ever being interested in doing or wanting to do or would think is ethical. This is just something that some police officers sometimes say every year, never really comes to fruition, and is just a scare tactic.”

The responses from Twitter users has by far been the most entertaining. “That’s a particularly dumb scare tactic,” writes one Twitter user. “Edibles are expensive. Nobody’s giving those away for free.” 

“You’re joking, right?” another wrote. “No one who spent their good money on good weed is ever going to pass it off to kids for free…that’s just illogical.”

When the AP tried following up with the state attorney general’s office, a spokeswoman could not give specific examples of this happening even after claiming that there have been “several instances” of cannabis edibles accidentally falling into kids’ hands in this way. 

Another official, a spokesman for the Ocean County prosecutor’s office, admitted that it’s more about being cautious.

“You never know,” said Al Della Fave. “All we’re saying is check your kids’ candy. If something’s not in a manufacturer’s wrapper, throw it out. We’re not trying to scare people.”

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