Authorities Warn Parents Against Cannabis-Laced Snacks That Look Like Halloween Candy

With Halloween around the corner, many states are issuing their yearly warning for parents with children who are trick-or-treating. Of course, we all know the importance of checking candy to make sure it's safe to eat, but authorities are telling parents there may be some candy in children's hauls that are not safe for them to consume for different reasons.

As reported by Forbes, attorney generals in New York, Connecticut, Arkansas, and Ohio have warned parents to be on the lookout for cannabis edibles in their children's candy bags.

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This warning is far from the first time parents have been told to look out for drugs on Halloween.

Parents are being encouraged to check their children's suspicious-looking candy packages for a small "THC" sign on the back.

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Another clue is if the names on packaging seem a bit off, giving examples like Stoney Patch and Stoneo, which are knockoffs for Sour Patch Kids and Oreos.

"These look-alike cannabis products are unregulated, unsafe, and illegal," Connecticut Attorney General William Tong said.

"Accidental cannabis overdoses by children are increasing nationwide, and these products will only make this worse. While Connecticut recently legalized adult-use cannabis, many of these products fall far outside the range of what will ever be safe or authorized for sale."

He continued: "If you see these look-alike products for sale, please report them to my office and take every measure to keep these away from kids."

New York Attorney General Letitia James echoed similar statements, saying parents "should be on the alert for deceptive cannabis products that look like standard snacks and candy but contain dangerously high concentrations of THC."

Always an important reminder around this time of year!