THC-infused edibles that looked like candies were found by the police. They have asked parents to be careful during the Halloween celebrations.
It is the time of the year for spooky houses, dramatic costumes and of course the annual tradition of trick or treating. While kids may only be wary of a particularly scary trick, parents have been warned to be cautious of the treats they collect.
According to People, Pennsylvania police have issued a warning notice to all parents after they confiscated THC-infused edibles that looked like candies for children.
“The Johnstown Police would like to draw extra attention to the Nerds Rope edibles containing 400mg of THC found during a search warrant in Stoney Creek Twp,” wrote the officials on Facebook. They added, "During this Halloween, we urge parents to be ever vigilant in checking their children’s candy before allowing them to consume those treats. Drug-laced edibles are package[d] like regular candy and may be hard to distinguish from the real candy.”
However, the post was not very well received by parents. Many argued it was impossible for children to obtain such candies. "You all are stupid Johnstown police ain't nobody gonna give out free edibles that are like handing out 20 dollar bills," wrote one user. Another furious one said, "I always give $10-$20 worth of candy to each person that comes to my door on Halloween. Sorry, reefer madness sufferers. That isn't how the world works. Nobody is going to give your kids laced candy for Halloween. NO. BODY. Period."
Meanwhile, the candy company responsible for the manufacture of many popular candies such as Baby Ruth, Butterfinger and Nerds came forward to state that the ones found by the police were counterfeits. They even assured that their official products were safe to consume.
“This product is counterfeit and in no way associated with Ferrara Candy Company. We want to reassure consumers that the Nerds products they find at major retailers across the country and at nerdscandy.com are safe to consume,” said The Ferrara candy company in an official statement.
While parents are not convinced by the warning, this is not the first time such a notice was issued. According to CNN, a public health alert about THC-infused candies was issued in June 2019 in West Virginia. "Trick or Treat will never be the same again. This fake ‘candy’ is all trick and no treat. It is packaged like candy. It looks like popular candy. It tastes like candy. But, instead, it is a very powerful and potent way to get high," stated Mike Stuart, the United States Attorney. He added that any child or teenager could easily stumble upon these fake products.