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“No, you have to wait. You know the rules,” I replied to my
candy-loving daughter while we were out trick-or-treating.
My rules are simple. She can’t have a single piece of candy until I am able to
spread them out on our dining room table and had a chance to examine
Basically it is THIS: 364 days out of the year, we advise our children to not
take candy from strangers, but then on October 31st this rule goes
out the window and we let our children take candy not from just one stranger
but dozens and dozens of strangers. Our collective tradition totally flies in
the face of parenting logic.
Have I ever found a puncture wound or razor blade in my
kid’s treats? Nope. Although I did once discover a Ricola cough drop, which was
just weird. Finding something dangerous in your kid’s candy is a parent’s
nightmare, but in reality
it is very rare. This year, however, there is added worry for parents of
trick-or-treaters in Colorado and Washington. Why? They are concerned that
their kids might get a dose of THC in their pumpkins.
There’s really no way for a child or a parent or anybody, even an expert in the field, to tell you whether or not a product is infused or not.
This is the first Halloween since legal recreational marijuana sales began, and
one thing offered by pot dispensaries are cannabis-infused edibles such as
candies containing doses of THC, the chemical behind the high in
marijuana. Some are worried that the candies might be mistakenly (or
intentionally) given to children during trick-or-treating.
It’s not just parents that are being paranoid about the
potential of this scenario; the cops are concerned, too. The Denver Police
Department released a video on the topic featuring a dispensary
owner stating that:
“What’s happening a lot with the edible manufacturers who
have focused on a hard or a soft candy is that the most cost-effective way
for them to bring that to the market is to use knock-off candy. So they’ll buy
it in bulk form and they infuse it by using viscous hash oil. They spray that
onto the candy, and once that candy dries there is really no way to tell the
difference … There’s really no way for a child or a parent or anybody, even an
expert in the field, to tell you whether or not a product is infused or not.
Once you take something out of one of these packages and put it next to
something that isn’t infused, it’s very difficult to tell the difference.”
“No way to tell the difference”—that’s some scary stuff
right there. Let’s hope this is just a warning but something that won’t become
a reality. Regardless, even though I don’t happen to live in Colorado or
Washington, I’ll be looking at my kid’s candy even more closely this year.
What precautions do you take with your child’s candy?