Published on October 23rd, 2014 | by News Feed
The Latest Ridiculous Fear Mongering Tactics From Marijuana Critics
With Halloween just around the corner, kids around the country are getting excited to dress up and go on a candy collecting adventure. But Denver parents have been warned that with the current THC-infused edibles booming in popularity, candy could become deadly. As strange as it sounds to those that actually know and appreciate the value of a good edible, Denver’s police department and local news outlets are actually spreading fear that people will pass out THC-infused candy to children. This assumption is problematic for a lot of reasons, but the most obvious one is that anyone with THC goodies is not looking to share them with random children when they could have their own private Halloween party behind closed doors.
The new fear mongering tactics induce flash backs of news reports that we saw twenty years ago. Parents were told to check their children’s candy for razor blades, poison, and even AIDS infected needles. Of course, despite years of terrifying parents, reports of tampered Halloween candy are rare at best. And now that Colorado kids could potentially encounter THC-infused candy, parents can actually put their worries away. There has never been a reported incident of a person giving a child THC-infused candy on Halloween… not even once.
Despite the extremely small probability of having any marijuana-related candy poisonings, the Denver Police Department is still putting word out that parents need to check candy carefully. “There’s really no way to tell the difference between candy that’s infused and candy that’s not infused,” said Urban Dispensary owner Patrick Johnson.
Detective Aaron Kafer urged parents to use extra caution this year. “If you see something that doesn’t look right – apples, gummy bears – there’s a ton of edible stuff that’s out there on the market that’s infused with marijuana that could be a big problem for your child,” he said.
Another police officer, Ron Hackett, admitted that the chances of encountering this issue is pretty rare. “This is our first year with recreational edibles, and we just kind of wanted to put it out there as a reminder,” he explained. “It’s just something that we really wanted to get out there and get ahead of, because kids will eat anything.”
Ultimately, parents just need to practice common sense on Halloween. Go with your kids on their trick-or-treating adventure and do a quick check of the candy before they start snacking. But don’t let fear of THC edibles keep you from enjoying a night of fun with your children because all of the hype is mostly just another round of fear mongering from those that want to see marijuana outlawed for good.
Do you think parents should be concerned about THC infused candy this Halloween?