By: Chase Rader
Halloween scaremongering is nothing new. Since 1959, concerned parents have warned against the risk of finding poisoned candy or razors and needles in their kid’s bags. Although there have been a handful of confirmed cases of tampering with candy, the majority of these stories have been hoaxes that were later debunked.
With states across the country legalizing recreational marijuana for adult use there is a new kind of paranoia sweeping the country: the fear that someone will slip a cannabis-infused food into your kid’s trick-or-treat bag, giving them an unwanted high on top of their sugar high.
By Chase Rader
On May 15th, a child in New York was taken to the ER after accidentally consuming cannabis-infused candy he found inside his fathers car. Now, barely two weeks later we’re seeing nearly the exact same situation play out, but with more severe consequences for the parent.
Saturday, a mother in New Mexico took her two daughters, age 3 and 5, to the hospital after they were found eating a cannabis-infused cookie she had left inside the car. Rather than facing misdemeanor charges like Ephraim Zagelbaum, this mother may be charged with a 3rd degree felony for child endangerment, even though her children were fine.
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By Leah D’Ambrosio
Recently another story was in the news about a 10 year old that had accidentally ingested cannabis-infused gummies. The experience for that family must have been horrific. The fear of not knowing why your child is sick, the horror of realizing he had ingested an edible, and the paralysis that must surely hit you when the police come to arrest you. These all add up to one of the worst days of your life.
It’s easy to trash the parents and make comments about their character, but the reality is it could happen to anyone at any time. When we have infused foods out that look exactly like normal uninfused food, we remove all protection and control from a situation like this.
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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker wants to “address and settle” the issue of child safety in regards to edibles.
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August Rivera from Eagle Ridge Institute, OKC told KOKH FOX 25 News, Oklahoma that “if a child can’t tell the difference between an edible marijuana candy and regular piece of candy, then neither can an adult,” and that it’s “likely these candies are coming from states that have legalized it.”
Edible makers can proactively help create a safer industry by marking their cannabis-infused products with Cannacals™. They allow parents and children to identify marijuana candy and other cannabis-infused products that would otherwise look identical.