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Never Take Candy From Strangers—Except on Halloween

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“Mommy, can I have a piece of candy ... please?!”

“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 them closely.

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.

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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.”

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“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?

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